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Population, 2JSO0 Elc-ratioo, 6,750 RESOURCES Lumbering Mining THE NEWS JOB PRINTING IS UNEXCELLED RAILROADS Santa Fe Pacific Grand Canyon Saginaw Southern The Williams News VoL 10 WILLIAMS, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1901 No. 14 "WHO WOULD NOT GAMBLE FOR A STAR? REPORT OF THE STATEHOOD CONVENTION HELD AT. PHOENIX, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1 90 1. Arizona may not attain statehood this time, but there was never a time when the prospect seemed bo bright. There was certainly never before a time when the people of the territory were so nearly unanimous in asking for admission to the union, as they are now. The matter has been pla-er,ln""tn"eiiand8ofsJ- of the foremost citizens of Arizona, rep resenting extensive property intereat.' They are William C. Greene of Cochise county. L. W. Mix of Nogales, E. B. C-ce and Jack Lawlor of Prescott, John Brockman of Pierce and W. J. Murphy of Phoenix. The appointment of the commission, composed of these gentiexuCT was the accomplishment of the statehood convention last Saturday. There was never before such another meeting held in Arizona. The at tendance called out was larger than the most sanguine friends of state hood had expected. Not a county was unrepresented, and the proxies were surprisingly few. The party organizations, the municipalities and the trade bodies called upon by Governor Murphy had vied with each other in selecting their best material. The convention was, therefore, a business-like body. Additional interest was lent to the proceedings by the presence of Governor Otero of New Mexico, and his staff, representatives of a terri tory also struggling for statehood. The election of Hon. A. J. Doran of Yavapai, as temporary chair man, was unanimous. He thanked the conference briefly and hoped that as little time as possible would be consumed in oratory. The convention then got down to business and after various commit tees had been appointed, Governor Otero of New Mexico delivered an eloquent address, as follows: Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: I have to thank you most sincerely ior me warm ana cordial welcome you have given me in this lieautiful and prosperous city of Phoenix, the seat of government of the territory of Arizona, and I can assure you it is a great pleasure to me to be here on this occasion, which is of so much importance for your future the question of your admission to the sisterhood of states in our glorious Union. New Mexico greets you and wishes you every success in your endeav ors, and promises as well her most loyal support. The same reasons given by New Mexico, why she is entitled to statehood, are applicable to . 1.1 j - - you, pupuiauuii, weann, education ana superior class oi American citizens. Prior to the organization of your territory, every reason advanced by New Mexico up to that date, applies also to Arizona, and since that time you have made even greater advancement than have we, in proportion to the population at the time you were created into a territory. In 1863, by proclamation of President Lincoln, Arizona was taken from New Mexico. In the words of your distinguished executive, made during his late visit to our territory: "God's best gift to man was carved from the rib of man, and as the small part taken to make the woman had ever since been the best and most beautiful part of man, so the part taken from New Mexico had ever since remained the best and most beautiful part of the grand domain that originally constituted the territory of New Mexico." I do not propose on this occasion to take issue with Governor Mur phy upon the point so aptly made by him; on the contrary, I desire to express the pleasure I have felt in traveling over your beautiful terri tory and witnessing the marvelous growth of your cities and towns, the rapid development of your various industries, and the evidences of your prosperity I have seen on every hand. I may add, however, that the man accepts the gift of God as his companion, and together as man and wife New Mexico and Arizona stand today. Let us therefore unite at once on this most important question of statehood, and work as a happy family to accomplish that which means so much for our future happi ness. Our industries are the same; we each find our principal wealth in the bowels of the earth, in the cattle and sheep that graze on our vast grass-covered plains, in the rewards that follow the toil and in the var ied pursuits of our people. Our aspirations are the same. We desire to be participants in the best form of government of which we have any knowledge, and we believe that such a government can only be found withTn-4he union, of the states, which make the United States of America. It is tTTHMdentity of interest and unity of feeling and aspirations that justifies my presence-iere today within the borders of your territory, to speak briefly to you upob ihesubject of statehood for Arizona and New Mexico, and in this connectionTr- ire to acknowledge the indebtedness of New Mexico to your governor for""h"fs-veloquent and masterly presen tation of the cause of statehood made in theoi v of Albuquerque ten days ago, and his effort in that behalf will long be remuiered by our people. During the last four or hve years 1 have had the pleasure of meeting Governor Murphy many times and in many places ami I cheerfully bear testimony to the fact that statehood for Arizona has been his con stant theme and that he has presented it with marked abiliHunon all occasions. "--n In presenting this question to the people of Arizona, it seems to me to be unnecessary to go at length into the many arguments that may be advanced in favor of admission. This is no new question; it has been before you for years; you have studied the different phases of it and should know by this time upon which side lie your interests. But with those people, who have not the good fortune to reside in either of our ter ritories I have often thought that the actual conditions of things in the two territories is less understood, or, I may say, more persistently mis understood, than any other question that has disturbed the minds of the people within the memory of man. In New Mexico each year we have thousands of eastern tourists who stop for a day or two and delude them selves with the idea that they are making a study of the people and ex isting conditions. Few of them learn anything of value about the people or conditions as they actually exist. They are attracted by that which is novel and abnormal. They press the button upon every bid burro they meet. They are delighted to catch the features of a worthless old Indian. They photograph the oldest adobe building, erected over three hundred years ago, and they return to their homes fully convinced and satisfied in their own minds that they know all about New Mexico, and that we are unfitted for statehood. How few of them take note of the countless herds upon our plains, of the vast treasures within our mountains, of the stately and maginificent buildings, public and private, that may be seen on every hand, of our hundreds of school houses and of the modern methods of education that prevail throughout the territory. Do they take note of the thousands of intelligent men and women they meet on every side, men and women who in intelligence, honesty, integrity, virtue, and all that goes to make up character, are the equals of the men and women of the most favored state in the land. I have known of individuals coming to our health giving climate who return to their eastern homes, forgetting that their . lives were prolonged or saved in the "Land of Sunshine," and who im mediately feel called upon to criticise our conditions in a shameful man ner. Ihey will begin by s pea ting oi the disloyalty oi the native people. I resent such talk because I am one myself. CONCLUDED ON EIGHTH PAGE.