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ANOTHER IMPORTANT CHANGE
ORDER BY -MANAGER LAWSON
By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
About two years ago, or
more, a temporary railroad
track was laid across Laguna
lam and one.. 130-000-tb.
steam engine and 20 standard
guage Reclamation "dump'
cars," used for hauling dirt
and rock, were taken from
the Bard side of. the river .to
the Gila valley side, ostensi
bly for the purpose of build
ing a rock revetment to pre
sent further caving of the
-bank on that side of the
It was necessary that the
vyork be done, and . nobody
has complained of i:he way
the work was done, forunder
the persona) supervision of
tion Priest, it seems to have
been well done.
But the cars were left over
The same kind of work had
to be done on the Bard side
of the river and on the levee
from Yuma all the way to the
Mexican line. In order to do
this latter work, cars had to
be rented from a Los Angeles
contractor, the same string of
cars -that citizens of Yuma
have seen hundreds of times
carrying "pulverized lime
stone dust" to the crumbling
In the meantime a whole
string of small cars that are
not permitted to operate on
regular railroads, were "side
tracked" near Laguna dam
and there left to the tender
mercy of 'the elements and
They could have been
transferred to the Gila side
and operated there with im
punity, for the U. S. R. S. has
its own tracks on that side,
and, after the "rush work"
was comDleted bv the "stan
dard guage" cars, they could
have been brought back to
the Bard side and made to do
the service ior which the
'rented" cars were used,
The temporary track was
That left the 130,000-ibs. steam eng
gine, the 20 standard guage cars and
all other equipment, high and dry, on
the Gila side of the dam, Laguna.
,They are there now, but won't be very
much longer, and thereby hangs a
tale as follows:
I was chatting with Mr. Baldwin
and Mr. Priest one day during "the
late unpleasantness," when the ques
tion of needed equipment was being
discussed. Mr. Priest said among
other things, that at least 25 new cars
"How many cars have you on the
Gila side?" I butted in.
"One 130,000-Ibs. engine and 20
cars," replied the then acting project
"What's that?" said Mr. Baldwin, in
Mr. Priest repeated the information.
"ColoneU I think you started some
thing," said Mr. Baldwin. "How did
you get them across the river?" he
asked, addressing Mr. Priest. v
"Built a temporary track," was the
"At what cost?" asked Mr. Baldwin
"About ?1 200 or 1,500" replied Mr.
"And you want how many new
cars?" asked Mr. Baldwin.
"Not less than 25, which will cost
about 6,000 or 7,000," replied Mr.
"How much will 4t cost to get those
cars back to the Bard side of the
river?" asked Mr. Baldwin.
"About the same that it cost to put
them on the Gila side."
"Better get busy, then, and take
them back. You then won't need quite
so many new cars," said Mr. Baldwin,
giving me a knowing wink.
And now what's going to happen?
Manager Lawson issued an order
today that Laguna dam must be clear
ed of all driftwood by Sept. 15 so
that a temporary railroad track can
be laid in order to bring all those cars
back to where they can do some good,
and at the same time take the small
cars to the Gila side where they will
answer the same purpose that the
big ones are used for. '
This will make a saving of several
thousand dollars, and will do away
with the necessity of renting cars
from Los Angeles when we already
have cars of our own.
I am really glad that I "started
something," as said by Mr. Baldwin,
and doubly glad that Manager Law
son has acted upon the suggestion so
Next Monday, Mr. Lawson will ad
derss the Board of Governors of the
Water Users' Association. Every
farmer in the valley who can spare
the time should be present. Go, hear
and talk with your new project mana
ger. He wants to meet all of you
and learn your wants.
A bootlegger, named Wilbert Smith,
at Safford, got 50 days in jail and
also paid a $75.00 fine, considering
himself lucky to escape so easily.
"Such cattle ought to get life," inti
mated one of the jury.
The Yuma Examiner Says:
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Arizona. Yuma Is good enough for
me to live in, and so 1 think it is gooU
enough for me to buy in.
I believe in transacting business
with my Yuma friends.
I want to see the goods before 1 buy.
I want to get what I want, when I
want it, and at the very time I buy It.
The money I spend In Yuma stays
In Yuma, and works for the welfare
4 The man I buy from 'stands back of
The man I buy from pays his share
of the Yuma county and state taxes.
Whatever helps Yuma, helps me;
and every other man, woman afid
child in it.
If the Yuma merchants can deperfd
on the Yuma and Arizona buyers, then
Yuma and Arizona can depend upon
our merchants to help with every pub
lic improvement, to do their full share.
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RAID JBRY LOOKS
UP FRANK LYNCHING
MARIETTA, Sept. 2. The Cobb
county grand jury, drawn for the July
term, was charged by Judge Patter
son to "investigate a recent lynching
in this county." At the close of the
day several witnesses had been ex
amined for any information they
might have on -the hanging of Leo. M.
Frank. Indications were that the
jurors could conclude the examination
of the thirty-five or more witnesses
called in time to report tomorrow.
Judge Patterson was emphatic on
three points in his charge. They were:
That the crime should De thoroughly
investigated, that this was not a spe
cial grand jury as had been reported
and that the jurors are not "secret
service men" compelled to "do detec
tive work to perform their duties'."
Alexander Grunwaldt, a 17-year-old
Englishman walking around the
world, passed through Yuma yester
day and remained till evening, head
ing for Phoenix ana" the Grand Can
yon. From thence he goes east totel
Paso; then to New York. His ev
erage is 45 miles per day.
The Misses Elena, Mary and Bertha
Prince, spent yesterday at the Prince
ranch in the valley, visiting, dad and
Among those who have just taken
advantage of the special ten per cent
saving on paid-in-advance yearly sub
scriptions to the Examiner are Project
Manager' Lawson and Storekeeper
George Crowley of Somerton.
Subscribe for the Examiner.
Horace Redondo, of the Wells Far
go office, and Mrs. Redondo, who, is
employed at the postoffice, left last
night for coast points. , r
THE WEATHER REPORT
At 5 p. m., Thursday, September 1,
1915, the temperature stood at SI de
grees, with a relative humidity of 66