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TUCUMCARI, QUAY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO, THURSDAY, DECEMHER 18, 101!)
TO GO AFTER THE
NEW IRON SMELTER
Thu meeting Tuesday night ut tlie
Vorenberg Hotel to nee whether Tu
cumcari wants thu smelter was at
tended by a goodly number and from
the expressions of those who talked
it is understood that Tucumcari is foi
II. Honern was selected as chairman
and he called upon .Mr. Devoi to open
the meeting which he did with a few
remarks. He told of his mining prop
erty and the ore which tests better
than CO per cent high giade iioti. He
said it costs less than $10 per ton to
mine the ore and convert into pig iron.
The present market price of pig iron
is more than $-10 per ton, which will
bu butter than .'!(!() per cent profit af
ter the smelter is built and handling
the ore. He is anxious that the smel
ter be located in Tucumcari, liut Uicrc
are other towns bidding for it.
A. D. Goldenberg made a short talk
in favor of the smelter. He said he
wus in favor of stimulating thu town
by encouraging industries of this char
acter. H. U. Jones: "I think Tucumcari is
a logical point for a smelter."
J. H. Wassou said hu would .sub
scribe for $1000 worth of stock or give
the company 10 acres of land if tho
freight and other rates arc satisfac
tory so Tucumcari can compete with
other smelters and it is proven to bo
u profitable investment.
C. I). Hceth told of thu development
of his mining claims by his sons ami
more than a half million tons of ore
are in sight or available. Othur es
timates range up to a million tons.
It carries enough lime to make it prac
tically self-fluxing. He said "If this
ore can be shipped to Pueblo and made
into pig iron and steel products, it
would seem to niu that a smelter built
in Tucumcari would save about one
half the cost, therefore it is feasible
to build the smelter somewhere in this
vicinity." He said steel is based on
iron and theru will be a market for
Dr. Scott gave his experience, hav
ing lived in a smelter district where
fuel was .scarce and had to be ship
ped in. He said it seemed to him to
be quite logical to haul thu ore to
Jos. Israel: "Wu should gut to work
and build thu smelter. I am in favor
of the proposition if it is feasible."
J). 10. Dent: "I am inclined to be
lieve that a smelter would be a pay
ing proposition if operated properly.
If we feel that it will make good I
am in favor of it and will help make
II. E. Stansbury said there was :
sufficient amount of oru and the build
ing of a smelter here is a logical prop,
T. A. Muirhead said he came here
V.i years ago and had seen Tucumcari
go through many storms and come out
in good shape and the citizenship is
always anxious to make this a real
city. The railroads 'and water, -and
fuel are great assets. Agriculture is
not sure, 1 it he thinks Tucumcari is
especially situated for an industrial
center. He said "We have sunken
many thousands of dollars in proposi
tions promoted by outsiders, wnnn
you convince the citizens you will
have them with you."
H. Ooodmnn: "I am sure there is
plenty of ore. Wu have nothing to
lose but everything to gain. I am in
favor of the proposition.
J. A. Dykes asked Mr. Devor how
much the citizens were supposed to
put up and how much is the company
to put up'.' Mr. Devor then told of
the lurge force of men at work for
several months developing the mine
and the amount of ore already expos
ed, the value of the mines and the
selling of $120,000 of the treasury
stock with which to build the smelter
and thu stockholders would share in
the earnings of the company.
P. It. Henderlite likened the smel
ter to a railroad proposition, but in
stead of giving you: money you arc
investing it in something that will
bring you big dividends which he cs
timates at better than 300 per cent
on thu investment.
E. S. Pnddock said he had perfected
a patent that would require iron and
steel to manufacture the article in
question and he anil associates are
looking for a location where material
can be secured the cheapest and if a
smelter is built here they may decide
to locate in Tucumcari.
J. B. Porter told the men present he
thought they were making a mistake
by not jumping at this proposition.
After a number of talks and more
questions answered by Mr. Devor, it
was moved and seconded that Tucum
:nri go after the smelter and the busi
ness men will be given an opportunity
to buy as many shares as they care
for. It is expected that Tucumcari
will raise the money If the proposition
is made clear and it is proven to their
satisfaction the investment is a good
one. The salesmen will be working in
Tucumcari next week.
THE FOLLOWING LETTERS
WILL EXPLAIN THE MATTER
Tucumcari, N'. M., 12-15-11)
Editor Tucumcari News,
Some months ago a report was pro
mlscuously circulated regarding the
"int'lliciency and record of our City
Schools" during the superintendency
of Mr. .1. S. Hofer, and that they were
"not recognized by the Association."
As I was closely associated during
Mr. Hofer's incumbency with him as
president of our City Hoard of Edu
cation, from 1010 to l!ir, I wrote our
State Superintendent, Prof. Wagner,
for authoritivu information, as 1 con
sidered such statement not only de
rogatory to the ell'iconey of Mr. Hofer
whose record does not require vindi
cation, but a reflection on the Hoard.
In addition to being in charge of an
"inefficient and not recognized school"
Mr. Hofer was also guilty of furnish
ing tax payers of this city, annually,
with a statement of receipts and ex
penditures duly audited, and if the
parties who gratutiously scattered the
information desire any additional data
for instance, the relative cost to th
taxpayers, same will be furnished free
For reasons explained in the eltter
attached, Mr, Wagner's answer win
delayed, and, a:i a matter of courtesy,
and in justice to Mr. Hofer, will you
kindly publish the same?
Very truly yours,
A. D. GOLUENHERG.
Santa Fo, N. M., Dee. 10, 1010
Mr. A. I). fioldenlierg.
Dear Mr. Goldenberg:
Sometime this fall you wrote me
with reference to thu standing of the
Tucumcari high school during th.
years IttlO to 1015. Prior to lOlfl
none of our high schools weru accred
ited by the North Central Association
of Colleges and Secotidaiy Schools.
Since l'.lll! this Association has stan
dardized eighteen of the high schools
in New Mexico one of them the Tu
cumcari high school.
Since receiving your letter I've been
busy going through thu records and
consulting other agencies with refer
ence to the standing held by your high
school during 1010 to 1015. This was
prior to the time that I came into the
office of state school superintendent,
and I find as a result of thu investiga
tion which I have been making that
during the years referred to your high
school was ranked as one of the best
in the state for its size. I understand
that the graduates from the high
school were received with freshmen
standing, not only by our own State
University and other State schools
but by a number of standard colleges
and universities outside the State.
I may add that I am well acquainted
with Mr. Hofer and I have always
had a very high regard for him as an
administrative school man.
With highest regards, 1 am
JOHNATHAN H. WAGNER.
Pardon us for lying out so long, but
the fact is we have been noursing our
grievances and have not felt like sit
ting down to write.
And then again wo have been very
busy harv'estilig and garnering the big
crop we talked about all summer.
Yes, we have plenty of corn, pop
corn, kafir, milo and beans, but with
the price of these various products
going down and flour and coffee, and
sugar and boots and shoes and suits,
with all the adjuncts going higher it
is enough to give us thu blues and to
cuuse us to think we are not getting
a square deal.
There was feed enough raised in
Ute Valley alone this year to furnish
a large portion for the stock of this
country, yet we notice snapped corn
is worth only $1.15 a hundred and
shelled corn only $1.00, and the staplo
table dish is selling for only :S to l1.
cents a pound.
We farmers begin to think we arc
not wanted here. Only very few lo
cals are given us in the papers, not
that we art- hankering after these
things but it shows the drift, and then
no comforts are provided for us by
the state, but much money is being
spent for thu comfort of the tourist.
Highways are built for him, roads op
ened by either having the fences re
moved or bridges made over them.
Sabbath morning 0:15, the Sabbath
school will meet.
11:00 The Rev. Caldwell's subject
will be: "The presence and visit that
heralded in and still hallows Christ
mas." 7:00 The subject will be "The Im
Music suitable for tne memorable
services will be rendered.
You are all cordially invited to all
AT CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Charles William Penn, of Denver,
Colo., will preach at 11 a. m. and 7:13
next Sunday. Everybody is specially
invited as matters of importance will
be taken up in regard to the plans of
the new church building which is ex
pected to bu commenced in the early
j spring. Members urged anil frlendH
invited to bo present.
ELK'S MINSTREL IS
The Charity Musical Minstrel given
at the H-H Theatre last Monday night
was attended by one of the largest
audiences ever enclosed in the new
theatre. The entertainment was giv
en under thu auspices of the Elk's
Lodge and was a success from every
standpoint reflecting credit upon ev
ery mcml'cr of the ent and those who
T. ... O.irm-ul was right at home
as interlocutor, making the comedian.?
keep things lively.
Sandusky and Rurnet, as ends, win
a guarantee of a most successful en
tertainm tit. as they are always there
when it comes to singing, performing
and "cracking" jokes. They were ably
assisted by dumbo Smith, Victor Smith
Clem Pierce and Lucius Shuff.
The soloes were far above the aver
age and were given by Miss Edna
Clark. Mrs. I). .1. Finegan, Miss Dil
lon Cobb Hrown, E. P. Smith, Sam
Fulton, Lucius Shun", Mrs. T. L. Dar
neal. (I. Sandusky, Mrs. .1. .1. Harrison
Clem Pierce. Jumbo Smith, Mrs. Mor
rison, Victor Smith, R. M. Hurnet, and
The solo by Mrs. Finegan, "My
Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" was one
,of the most pleasing numbers of the
The sido by Lucius Shatf, "I'm For
ever Hlowing Hubbies," and the darn
ing chorus composed of six beautifully
gowned young ladies, was said by
many to have been the most spectacu-
, lnr and pleasing of any number on the
The singing of Victor Smith wu-
, highly enjoyed which was evidence I
J Iy the numerous encores. His selec
tions were new and with an excellent
voice well trained he captivated the
entire audience. His sister was tho
The -nvopliouc quartet, and soloes
by Mrs. Sands. E. F. Smith and tho
! specialty by Celm Pierce were also
I worthy of special mention.
( In fact the entertainment was well
'staged and those who participated
'should be congratulated for this most
10.001) MAXIMUM STANDING
I ARMY TO HE 'PERMITTED
i Washington, Dec. 17. Rejection by
house and senate military committees
of war denartment proposals for n
1 regular army of 57(1.000 officers and I
! mun appeared practically certain to -1
night when Chairman Wadsworth pre I
dieted that the senate committee will
fix the strength of the force at about
280,000, The house committee lias al
ready agreed tentatively on a similar
A. F. & A. M. ELECT OFFICERS
Tucumcari Lodge No. 27, A. F. &
A. M held its annual election of offi
cers Monday evening, December 15,
1010 and the following ofllcers were
elected for the ensuing vear:
R. P. Donohoo, W. M.
Arthur Goldenberg, S. W.
W. A. Savage. J. W.
A. F. Codington, Sec'y.
C. H. Hamilton, Treasurer.
The following ofllcers were appoint
ed to serve for the ensuing year:
Max J. Goldenberg, S. I).
R. !!. Read. J. 1).
J. Gairord, S. S.
Paul Potter. J. S.
Frank Elliott, Tyler.
CHICAGO PARTY IHJYS 2.-.00-ACRE
LEASE SOUTH OF HERE
A deal wa. consummated today by
the J. A. Dykes Agency in which 2500
acres of land south of Tucumcari was
leased to A. G. Diefendorf, of Chicago.
The lease was held by Judge C. h.
Hunter and brought a good sum of
money on the Judge's initial invest
ment which was mado in thu early
part of the game. It is not known
publicly what the coiihiderf'.ioii real'y
was nor what the Chicago party in
tends to do with the lease.
AN IMPRESSIVE SERVICE
Sunday morning at the Center St.
Methodist church Rev. Lewelling Imp
tised Lois line, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. W. R. Coplen, and Hurbert Fran
cis, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Sar
tain. Tho ceremony was very attract
ive and impressive. May the fondest
hopes of the parents bo realized.
Don't forget the price of the News
will go to S1.50 the first of January.
Everything has advanced so it Is Im
possible to keep the price nt $1.00 and
get by. Everybody seems prosperous
and those who cannot afford to pay
$1.50 cannot afford to pay $1.00. Sa
when you are paid to anJ get in before
CENTER ST. METHODIST CHURCH
It. II. Lewelling, Pastor
Sunday school ut 0:45 a. m,
Sermon at 11 a, in. and 7:110 p. m.
Epworth League at 0:80.
You nre welcome.
TO FEDERAL PRISON
The following is the Associated
Press report in regard to the sentence
paused by Judge Landis:
Chicago, Dec. 1(. -Federnl Judge
Landis today sentenced Samuel C. Pan
dolfo, organizer and head of the Pan
Motor company, St. Cloud, Min., con
victed of using the mails to defraud,
to serve ten years in a federal peni
tentiary and fined him $1,000.
Attorneys for Pandolfo gave notice
that his case will be appealed to the
United States circuit court of appeals
Pandolfo was found guilty on four
dilfuient counts of the indictment.
Judge Landis sentenced him to serve
five year imprisonment on each of the
four counts, but stipulated that two
of the ticntcnccH ran concurrently and
at the expiration of those that the
other two run concurrently, which will
make the sentence ten yeais. He was
lined $1,000 on each one of the four
counts or a total of $4000.
Twojvo other of!" .ials of the Pan
Motor Company who were tried with
Pandolfo, were acquitted.
The following editorial appeared in
the St. Cloud Daily Journal Press in
regard to S. C. Pandolfo us follows:
Thu verdict of the jury in trial, of
tho officers und directors or the Pun
Motor Company, was to be expected
as to the directors, but the verdict ot
guilty on four counts against the pres
ident of the compuny, wus not expect
ed, and is a keen disappointment.
The four counts, us we understand
it, relate to the selling of stock be
fore Mr. Pandolfo came to St. Cloud,
and on thes'; counts the judge charged
the jury that the St. Cloud directors
could not be held.
The verdict of the jury is, therefore
that since the plant was located in
St. Cloud, that no official wus guilty
of any unlawful act.
Tne alleged unluwful acts, commit
ted by Mr. Pandolfo, was in selling
stock before the company was organ
ized, und the use of the mails in such
sales, although he later made good
in building up a big plant, und but
for government interference would
probably have been making curs in
large number? at least since July last.
St. Cloud people who know thu St.
Cloud directors never had any doubt
as to the outcome as regards these
gentlemen. They became members of
the board of directors simply to help
their home city in the building of i
big industrial plant. They asked noth
ing for themselves, and no better lot
of men can be found in any city. They
are all men of the highest character
and no jury in the land could have con
victed them of any dishonest act and
to have done so would have been a
rank miscarriage of justice.
The J"ournal-Prcss' has several times
expressed its opinion of this attempt
of the government to break down an
important industry, and the result so
far as -the idrectors were involved,
amply sustains Us position, that it
was persecution, rather than prose
cution. To drag men from their owh
jitine, where there are courts and
honest jurymen, and suoject them to
weeks of expensive litigation, when
any man with an honest sense of fuir
play would have known they were not
guilty, is certainly a most drastic act.
The government has expended an
immense amount of money in this case
It has raked the country over with
postofflce inspectors and employes or
the so-called department of justice.
Over four hundred witnesses urv said
to have been subpoenaed by the dis
trict uttorney, and only 71 put on the
stand. Qne witness was even brought
tmm France, whose testimony was
not of the slightest value. When con
gress starts in on an investigation of
the reckless expenditure or the tux
payers' money by government officials,
n good place to tsart would be in the
Mr. Pandolfo is playing in hurd luck
but In spite of the verdict of the jury
he enme through the fire of the trial,
as a rcul man. He was a wonderful
witness, and the most searching erosn
examination by the government attnr-
neys lor many hours, never cnuscu
him the least confusion, or to change
his evidence in the slightest degree.
He did not attempt to evade any of
the responsibility, but accepted what
ever was coming. Some man is Pan.
'ow the war is ended, und why it
was ever started is still an unsolved
mystery, with the government fight
uguinst a legitimate industry over,
there is no renson why the Pan Motor
Compuny should not go ahead und be-
come u great success. All It needs is
more worKing capital, and over u mil
lion dollars is due it on stock pay
ments. The company has a well-equip
ped plant, and has perfected probably
the best automobile for the price on
tho market today. The way to sue
I cess is to nniku them at n profit, and
(with sufficient working capital, that Is
,u mere matter of manufacturing de
We congratulate the St. Cloud and
the other diiectors in their complete
vindication and we regret that it was
not also accorded Mr. Pandolfo, and
wo wish him better luck next time.
Hut for his efforts and his wonderful
ability of organization, St. Cloud
would not have had this plant, and
there is not the slightest doubt in thy
mind of any mun who has given the
matter fair consideration that he has
acted in good faith, honestly trying to
make a wonderful success of thu Pan
Motor plunt, and to make good every
promise made to the stockholders.
St. Cloud Daily Journal-Press.
PRESIDENT MAY NOT PUT
ROADS HACK NEW YEAR
Washii.gton, Dec. 17. President
Wilson's mind is still open on the
question of returning thu railroads to
private ownership, Secretary Tumulty
today told a delegation representing
un.oii labor and some farmers' organ
izations which called ut the White
House to present a letter asking the
executive to delay return of the roads
for two years.
This was the first authoritative -ax-
prcssion on the subject which had
come from administration quarters
since the president informed congress
last May that he planned to relinquish
federal control by January 1. The
picsidcnt, Mr. Tumulty said, would be
glad to get the views of tho labor and
farmer representatives, who insisted
that a fair lest of government opera
tion in peace time should be given.
While the delegation was at the
White House the senute was speeding
up consideration of the Cummins rail
road bill und apparently was Hearing
u linul vote. Under the measure thu
roads would be returned to their own
ers witlun thirty days after the bill
became u luw.
Ucforu going to the White House
tlie union labor and fanners' delega
tion, winch included Samuel Gompcrs
of the American Federation of Laboi
and representatives of thu railroad
brotherhoods, called on Senator Cum
mins, chairman of the senate inter
state commerce committee, and asked
that his bill be withdrawn. He indi
cated that he would lay thu request,
before tho full committee.
The letter from the lubor and farm
ers' delegations to the president said
proponents of the Cummins bill claim
ed that the president planned to re
turn the roads by January 1, and that
some legislation providing for .such
return must be enacted immediately.
"Wu believe that this assertion is a
great, injustice to you," continued tho
letter. "As you doubtless know, an
overwhelming majority of the farmers
and members of the American Feder
ation of Labor und the railroad broth
erhoods as well us thu general public,
favor an extension of the period of
government operation of the railroads
for at least two years, in order that a
fair test may have been made of gov
ernment operation und a plan may be
worked out for the ultimate disposal
of the roads which would be fair to
all interests involved."
"Director General Hints and mem
ber of the interstate commerce com
mission have shown clearly that thu
return of the railroads will involve an
increase in freight rates of close to a
billion dollars. This increase in rates
according to the same authorities, will
be reflected in an increas.2 cost of liv
ing of at least $4,000,000,000 a year,
possibly $5,000,000,000. Tho Amcrb
can people cannot and should not stand
such an increase."
HAAS MAIV CO. LOSES ALL
ITS RECORDS IN HAD FIRE
Fire started in the Curren building
occupied by thu Haas Map Co., unrly
Wednesday morning. The fire boys
were on the job in good time and
succeeded in extinguishing the flume
but not until the inside of tlie building
was gutted and the maps, drawings
and other valuable papers were near
ly totally destroyed. The building Is
too badly damaged to repair.
The east side of the building was
occupied by the Peco offices und by
keeping the doors und windows closed
fire was unable to penetrate that side
of the building and no loss was in
curred by the Peco.
The front part of the Haas Map Co.
was occupied by Haas & Wright Oil
Exchange and while the desks were
hardly injured, the maps and other
papers were badly damaged. There
was but a small amount of insurance
on the contents and the loss repre
sents several months hard work that
will have to be repeated.
IIARNUM WAS RIGHT
Cleveland, Ohio., Dec. 17. Charles
Johnson, 05, furmer living ut West
Salem, was in Cleveland today with u
reserved seat ticket so as to be in the
front row when tho world came to
j After going to u house where tho
"beginning of the end" wus to bo
staged, and finding thut no one there
had even heard the end was at hand,
Johnson complained to tho police.
"Two men came to me last Satur
day and sold me a reserved scat for
$15.00," hu suid.
M'GEE WILL SPUD IN
AT SAN JON FIRST
PART OF NEXT WEEK
Oil development in Quay county is
graduallj coming into its own. The
Endue, han Jon and Rana wells will
soon lie drilling. The government has
lifted the ban on fuel und the promot
ers and backers are pushing things to
beg n work n soon as possible. The
reports from Ranu say thnt everything
i on the ground, while at Endec they
are bu-.y laying water pipes. At San
Jon it is expected the compuny will
spud in sometime next week. Mr. Mc-lu-e
ha- been in Amurillo this week
aft ei the I oiler and engine, which are
all the missing apparatus. The con
tract culls for spudding before Jamj
ar fn-t and theru is no doubt ubout
Mr. McGee being uble to complete tho
The local McGee well bus been tied
up the pn.-t week on account of lost
bit and u fishing job bus been in pro
gress. A special tool had to be made
and it is expected that everything will
bc nil right soon and drilling will con
tinue. At the present depth it would
not be a surprise if sand was enter
ed at any time. Those who know thu
game say the formation now is show
ing up well and they are confident Mr.
McGee will not miss his estimate of
striking thu oil sand between 3200 und
A report from Mr. McGee just be
fore going to press says the well h
clear but the new cable has not ar
rived which will be necessary to re
sume drilling. The cable is expected
any day now and work will begin u.
soon as it arrives. There will be no
ni-n m! noiler or engine to the San
Jon location as that location will have
the necessary equipment by the first
of next week to spud in, so those who
Im.e i. cen prophisying that this well
Im- i ei-i' indefinitely closed down muy
change their reports. Uoth wells will
I .. . Kin.' without interfering onj
with the other.
A much quoted geologist who bus
I ei n a frequent visitor to Quuy coun
ty, wa here the first of the week und
made the following statement: "The
McG'e well is u 100 to 1 shot over
anything in the Amurillo field for the
striking of oil." Not such u bud re
, o the ; ub!ic of the exact depth or
i to the i uldic of the exact odpth or
, the pre-tnt formation but according
.to Mr. McGee the time is almost here
for the .-tnking of sand und if sand
is struck in the hard lime formation
now in evidence. The oil sand mny
l.nmr a gusher or it may be n small
pioducer, but the chances are if oil
is found at this depth it means u big
W. H. Palmer is here again from
the east where he has been on business
for the O.ark Drilling Co. He expects
any day to be ready to begin opera
tion on tho Woodrow site. Two car
if ma'.t-ial ha.o been unloaded and
ino'e v iicd this week. His company
has not made the location as yet but
it-ha been waiting to secure the ser-
c i i mpetent geologist. It will
be remembered thnt Mr. Lowing who
pre hesud that Quay ctounty would
some day be one of the grentest oil
field in the world, chose this Wood
row di.-tnet as one of the best nnd
the Pnlnn i location is supposed to bo
loc.it ed on one of Mr. Lawing's se
lections. ('. V. Wilmuth. of Kentucky, who
is financing the Dripping Springs well
was here this week. He said he was
going home for the holidays but ex
pected to return shortly after the first
of Januat-y. He expects much oil
excitement the first of the year. The
D pp.ng Springs well is to spud in
sometime during the first of Febru
ary. The Trigg location 20 miles north,
backed by Commanche No. 2 will bo
I'liiiing again ur soon ns fuel can be
procured. The boiler was changed to
oil burnor instead of coal and owing
to the railroad situation it seems that
fui-1 cannot be obtained. Several cars
hnve been ordered and they may come
through at any time.
MISS MONTGOMERY ENTERTAINS
A number of young Indies were most
pleasantly entertained at the home of
Mis Gertrude Montgomery on First
: oi . in honor or her sister, Miss
May, Wednesday evening, who was to
leave the next day for an extended
i. i.- 'n the state of Georgia.
The evening was spent in cards and
dancing. Those present were Misses
Gerninitu- Hner, Mary Knberich, Hes
tpr Harvey, Annn May Ward, WUma
Dodson, Sophia Stallard, Irma Dletz
man, Lois Shields, Florence Haight,
Lucille Ward, Mrs. Rosie Routh.
Dainty refreshments were served,
and the guests left for their homes
'wishing the hostess miany more such
pleasant occasions nnd assured Miss
May a pleasnnt welcome when she
The High School oasket ball team
will play the local town team nt tho
High School Gym Friduy evening. If
you want to see a good game, Cornel