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VOL.XLV. No. 37.
1 1? OR IS
. ' (By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
September 7, 1915, is des
tined to be a memorable day
in the history of Yuma, for
on that date the city council
will enter a motion to recon
sider the vote by which "Or
dinance No. 4" was passed,
or else the ordinance will be
come "the law of the land,"
after it'shall have been print
ed ten consecutive days in
the official paper the Yuma
Morning Sun ! .
Which shall sit be?
For the good name of Yu
ma, it is to be most devoutly
hoped that the three alder
men who unthoughtedly
passed "Ordinance No. 4"
will not hesitate to right the
great wrong about to be in
flicted upon an innocent
They not only owe it to
their city, but they owe it to
themselves to their families
to wipe out this obnoxious
measure -from the statutes of
And since their attention
has been called to the bad,
even vicious, sections of it, I
am sure they will do credit
to Yuma and honor to them
selves, by promptly amending
the ordinance along the lines
of common sense and com
Or wipe it entirely out of
And raise the necessary
revenue to run the city gov
ernment by taxing the prop
erty within the corporate lim
its, instead of taxing a man's
It was my pleasure yester
day to have had a long and
pleasant talk with Mayor Pro
Tern Moser, and, just as I had
predicted in my first article
on "Ordinance No. 4," he was
Yuma, Arizona, Thursday, September 2, 1915.
R THE ANSWER!
laboring under the impression
that farmers could come to
Yuma and sell their produce
without paying a tax.
That very clearly shows
that he and his fellow-alder-Wn-were
imposed upon, and
for that reason, they should
not hesitate a moment in very
promptly undoing what they
have partly done.
It will be manly for them
to do" so!
To refuse to right this great
wrong will be political sui
cide, for "Ordinance No 4"
will haunt them for all time
In the first place, I have my very
serious doubts as to whether a "mayor
pro tem" has any legal right to sign
an ordinance, for no such officer is
mentioned in the new city charter! -
Sec. 2, Art. 10, says:
"The.- mayor shall be president . of
the . council, and shall preside at its
meetings when present. The council
shall elect one of its number to be
vice president." (No duties are men
tioned.) Sec. 10, Art. 10, says:
, "All ordinances, resolutions or fran
chises shall be passed by the council
and signed by the mayor ."
In view of the fact that the council
consists of but four members and the
mayor, it is more than probable that
the courts would "strictly construe"
this last section and require that "all
ordinances shall be
signed by the mayor." The only loop
hole contrary to this idea is found
in Sec. 69, Art. 3, which says:
"In the absence of a,ny procedure
for carrying out or erfectuating any
granted or implied power or authority,
the general law of this state, where
applicable and where not inconsistent
with any express provision 'of this
charter, may be followed."
The "express provision" in this case
is plainly stated, and says that "all or
dinances shall be
signed by the mayor," and the mere
fact- that the council has adopted a set
of "by-laws" for its guidance, in which
a "mayor pro tem" is provided for,
does not follow that the council had
the right to go further than its con
stitution (charter) provides, for, the
succeeding council, at one stroke of
the pen, can abolish the present "by
laws" at. its pleasure, whereas, the
charter can only be changed by a vote
of the people.
If, therefore, the city council refuses
to amend or repeal "Ordinance No. 4"
at its next meeting, and insists that
this outrageous piece of legislation
stand as a disgrace to the city and a
disgrace to the three very excellent
citizens who passed it, then I most
respectfully suggest , to them that
they reconsider it and wait until the
mayor returns-so he can sign it, and
thereby remove all doubt as to its le
gality; otherwise I apprehend very
few of those who are taxed by its pro
visions .'will pay a single dollar into
the city treasury!
If I were an alderman, at the present
time, here's what I would do:
Move to reconsider "Ordinance
No. -4; -
Tax property instead of business.
If defeated on the latter, then I
would amend "Ordinance -No. 4" about
Add, furniture stores, hardware
stores and automobile dealers to the
tax list. .
I wouldn't mention "bawdy houses"
and "prostitutes" in connection with
licenses, for that's disgraceful, even
if Phoenix' does do it! Leave them to
the police" for strict regulation or sup- j
pressibn, but, for Heaven's sake" don't
advertise the fact to the outside wond j
that the city of Yuma makes its living'
off of these unfortunate degenerates !.l -
Put a reasonable tax on circuses.
Free circus parades. ' ' "
Mcrry-go-rounds, a nominal tax.
Resident real estate dealers, $5 per
Pussy-foot .real estate fellows, who
slip in here looking-for "suckers," who
sell swamp land for residence lots, or
building lots on mountain sides too
steep tor a billy goat to climb, why,
tney are not "desirable citizens" at
any price tax 'em out of their boots!
Reputable real estate dealers" from
any part of Arizona, $5 per year.
Hucksters, a nominal .tax.
Peddlers, a nominal tax.
Solicitors, a nominal tax.
Milk wagons, a nominal tax.
Chinese laundries, same as steam
Hand laundries, by women, free.
Soda water mnaufacturers, free.
Cigar manufacturers, free.
All other manufacturers, free.
FREE SITES AND FREE TiLXA
TION FOR ALL MANUFACTURING
CONCERNS THAT CAN BE IN
DUCED TO LOCATE HERE, for every
onejof them is a big "boost" for Yuma.
The only object I would have in
taxing hucksters, peddlers, and the
like; would be to have a record of
them, so that if they sold goods ' that
were not good, they could be appic
hended and punished.
I would throw wide the gates of the
city and bid every farmer in Arizona,
and California to bring his produce :
direct to Yuma yes, my firends, it .
I were an alderman I would worfc for '
and fight for a "free market"! I'd
put Yuma on the map right by the
side of all the -other progressive cities "
in this country, and I'd keep her there. ,
as long as I could!
I would make an appropriation: suf
ficient to send a letter to every farm- ;.
er in Yuma county; to every farmer
in Bard, and to-every farmer on the . - v
Indian lands, whether white man or ;
Indian, and invite each and all : of
them to bring their produce to Yuma - .
and sell it in any manner they might - -see
fit FREE. OF ALL CHARGES ! - '
What did Yuma give up all; that ; -good
money for, when the "Oceanfto-. fv "
Ocean Highway" x bridge was built?" :'
Was it to "skin" the farmer across, the
river by means of taxation? Or, was
it to bring about friendly relations ? '
free trade, if you please between the-,
citizens of each side of the river? -? .
What did Yuma vote half a millichj
dollars for good roads for? Was it to. ' :;
make it very easy traveling for our
farmer friends to reach Yuma so they . I
could be taxed out of their boots? ' Or, .
was it so we could all be one great," " :
DiSf happy family, the city ever readjr .
to help the country, and the country'
ever ready to give us our daily bread? "'.
Come, gentlemen of the council, you
are to Sd- citizens, too liberal, -tod J:
3ust to those .who have honored fybu, ;
t0 just to yourselvesUo hold back-on "
this vitai questionfor it is vital,-and '
in.uu"ujy even more so tnan - you.,-;
realize I ( -. ,
Aldermen Moser, Downey and High-
tower, it's up to you!
The Yuma Daily Examiner wiir.v.ery
gladly publish your answer; wilL;ybu
'euuusmer urumance ind. 4- i
reconsider "Ordinance No. 4"?
Your friends hope you will.
How about it? v
. Is it "No"?- .' "
Or, is itJ'YES"?
I'm listening! - -.
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THE WEATHER REPORT
I At ? p. m. Tuesday, Aug, 31, 1915,
the temperature stood at 100 degrees,
'with a relative humidity of L'5 .per