THE WILLIAHS NEWS
that this revenue already amounted
to enough to pay a fair interest on
their investment, and not half of
the land had been taken up, on ac
count of the canals not being fin
ished. Then, why couldn't the
national government create an irri
gation commission, as they have a
river and harbor, as they have a
forestry commission. If private
corporations can realize on their in
vestments, how far-reaching would
be Uncle Sam's investments, who
feels elated at his 2 per cent in
The matter is one which seriously
affects our territory, but millions
will have to be set aside to give us
J. B. GlRASD.
THE MOQUI SNAKE DANCE.
It is Booked Tills Year for Saturday,
The Moqui snake dance is an
nounced for August 24, and many
inquiries are being received by the
Santa Fe railway concerning meth
ods of visiting the region. Last
year 100 tourists were present at
the dance, and it is expected that
the number will be much larger
this summer. The department of
the interior requires all visitors to
hold a permit. The nearest rail
way stations to the Moqui villages
are seventy-five miles across the
desert, and the journey is made by
wagon, requiring four days, in ad
dition to the time spent at the
dance. Round trips, ranging from
ten days to eight weeks, and includ
ing many strange sights, are an
nounced by the Santa Fe passenger
The snake dance is a prayer for
rain. It continues for nine days.
The public performance, in which
live rattlesnakes are handled, oc
curs on the last day of the cere
mony. The Moqui reservation
covers 4,000 square miles in Ari
zona, and is inhabited by 2,000 In
dians, who are grouped in seven
villages. As there are no hotels
among the Moquis, travelers are
obliged to move with a complete
camping outfit, providing them
selves with food.
A well-known lecturer of .New
York has organized a party of east
ern people to visit the Moqui vill
ages this summer, taking in two
snake dances and the flute dance.
The party will travel in wagons,
and will camp several times on the
rim of the Grand Canyon of the
Colorado. A number of women are
enrolled in the party.
The Moqui villages are located in
a desert known as the Painted des-
ert, on account of the ancient paint
ings on the rocks. It is one of the
most desolate districts in the world,
with little water, a dead level of hot
sand and no mountains to relieve
the monotony. The villages of
these strange people are located at
the top of high rocks, where they
were built long ago, as a protection
The strange habits and customs
of the Moqui have been the subject
of many articles which are of the
opinion that the race is dying, as
the number inhabiting the villages
is much less than when white men
first visited the country. Notwith
standing the constant battle in sus
taining life in this thirsty desert,
the Moqui can not be persuaded to
leave their old homes for promis
ing fields in other localities. No
advance has been noticable in the
people, and the customs of their
fathers have been religiously main
tained. It is claimed by the Santa
Fe road that interest in these pecul
iar eople is greater than ever be
fore. New Mexican.
Notice to Teachers.
Office of the Cocxty
Flagsta ff, A ri z., A ug. 1 2, 1 901 .
An examination for teachers' ter
ritorial certificates will be held at
the public school building in Flag
staff, Coconino county, on Monday
and Tuesday, September 2 and 3,
1901. Daily session each day from
9 to 12 a. m. and from 1 to 4 p. m.
N. G. Laytox,
All persons holding warrants on
the county, signed by A. W. Kin-
Bey, Road Overseer, can file same
with the clerk of the Board of
Supervisors, subject to the approval
of the Board.
II. C. IIibbex,
Clerk of Board of Supervisors.
Messrs. C. A. Neal and L. II.
Dawley having purchased The
Williams News, the patronage,
location and good will of the same,
all business for the paper in the
future will be by them. All ac
counts now due the News, with the
exception of subscription accounts,
will be paid to George U. Young.
All due and past due subscription
accounts are to be paid Messrs.
C. A. Neal and L. II. Dawley. All
accounts against the News to date
will be settled by George U. Young.
George U. Yocxg,
C. A. Neal,
L. II. Dawley.
Dated at Williams.-Ariz.. Auzust
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