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WILLIAMS, COCONINO COUNTY, ARIZONA Friday; march is, 1921. Volume 29 NO. 16 WHAT IS rTHE FASTEST . THING ON THIS EARTH? Opinions Vary Greatly Spencer Nordyke and Der mont Melick were enggaed in an animated discussion as to what is the fastest thing on earth. One maintain ed the flying machine was the fastest, while the other claimed the honor belonged to the auto mobile. "You are both wrong," chirped Jerrie Duffield, "it's me when the dinner beil rings." There are six men languish ing in jail at Flagstaff today who will take an oath that, faster than the flying-machine faster than any automobile, and even faster than Jerrie Duffield when he hears the dinner bell, , -are city marshall Bobby Burns and Deputy Sheriff Charley Campbell ! Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock six young hobos were standing in front of Shau's Cafe on Railroad Avenue watching the proprietor prepare a savory meal for a customer. Then noted the fact that the meal was evidently intended for ou side ; delivery, and when they saw Shau pick up the tray and walk out the front door, they waited unti he disappeared; whereupon four of the six enter ed the restaurant and proceed ed to tap the cash register, while two .remained on guard outside. Shau had only gone to deliv er the meal at the rooming . house two or three doors from 'his restaurant, and when, after an absence of not over three or four minutes, he appeared on :the scene, the two men left on guard gave a quick, sharp warn ung to their confederates and ; hastily beat a retreat. As Shau entered the cafe the four men were engaged trying to un lock or pry open the cash draw er, which Shau had taken the custmary oriental precaution to lock when he left the cafe "Chin gow! Chuch-a-luck-e mow-hee! Muck-a-hy!" exclai med the astonished proprietor as he realized what was going on; while the four hobos, evi dently not accomplished in the language by which they were -addressed, concluded that ex planations were -probabiy use- Jess, and retreated to propared ground, according to previously prepared plans." Shau immediately got in touch, with marshal Burns, who was reinforced by deputy sher iff Campbell. , The two officers quickly concluded ithat the would-be robbers would attem pt to catch a freight train which at that moment was leaving the station. Hastily grabbing an automobile. Burns and Camp bell drove as fast as gasoline can carry one to the Rounseville ranch on . the Flagstart road, Abandoned the automobile, and proceeded on the run to .catch the freight, which had just ar rived at the' heavy grade east of town and was, therefore, run ning very slowly. Boarding the train, the two officers soon apprehended one of the hobos, while the other five had drop ped off the train and returned to town evidently having seen the two officers when they abandoned their car and knew that they would be able to catch the freight. Returning with their prison er, the officers were engaged in opening the .front door to the jail when marshal Burns obser ved two or three men intently watching the operation from the White Grotto restaurant. Concluding that these men dis played more than passing in terest in the officers' action, Burns told Campbell to join him at the White Grotto when the prisoner was locked up, and pro ceeded to investigate the stran gers. When the men saw Burns coming up the street they entered Pedro Garcia's pool hall, while Burns passed through the pool hall of Mague- j Tito Torres, and suddenly ap- NOTICE TO FARMERS The Williams Farm Bureau will hold a meeting in the of fice of the Justice of the Peace of Williams, on March 26th, 1921, at 1-30 p. m. If you are interested in the welfare of the farmers as a whole and your own in particular, come out. Remermber that you have as much to say as any member If you don't get what you want it is your own fault. If you ex pect help without helping your self you mayiexpect disappoint ment. L. W. Cureton Secretary-Treasurer BLUESTONE-LIME METHOD REDUCES WHEAT SMUT Losses caused by stinking smut in California were reduc ed, to about 2 per cent of a wheat crop of 9,840,000 bush els in 1920 by treating seed by the bluestone-lime method. The State College of Agricul ture estimates that stinking smut has caused losses ranging from 400,000 to 500,000 bush els annually. In 1918 the loss was estimated at 5.8 per cent of the total crop. County agents in 1918 bep-n advising and demonstrating the bluestone-lime treatment for the control of this smut as rec ommended by the United States Department of Agriculture.The treatments brought such en couraging results that seed treatment has - since become quite general. In 1920 losses were reduced to about 200.000 bushels. It is conservatively es timated, on the basis of $1.50 per bushel for wheat, that dem onstrations on wheat-smut con trol given by the county agents in California resulted in a sav- Ling of $200,000 for the farmers of that State last year. Another Chance to Get your Weight. The Grand Canyon Drug store has installed a second "penny in the slot," scale for the convenience of people keep ing tab on their avoirdupoise The scale is furnished in white enamel making a very neat ap pearance and thus adding to the -involved in getting its re ply as to one's exact weight. It is guaranteed to weigh accurat ly, whether the barometer be high or low or the day clear or cloudy. It is placed on the sidewalk in front of the drug store and it is indeed remark able how many people have be gun keeping tab on their weight since ; it was placed m such a convenient location. o o o Duffy Brothers are quoting many articles at very reason able prices in their display ad appearing on the back page of this issue of the News. - It will pay anyone needing anything in the way of dry goods or cloth ing to look this ad over. peared at the rear door Of Gar cia's place. i Concluding that Campbell had time to appeaf on the scene, Burns entered the pool hall -with drawn revolver and commanded the five men present to throw up their hands. just as sheriff Campbell enter ed at the front door. The men quietly obeyed. Thus, within forty-five min utes after Shau left his cafe to serve his customer, the six men who tried to rob his establish ment were landed behind the bars! It is believed that, for the arrest and incarceration of six men, after a chase involving at least two miles, when noth ing definate respecting: a des cription of the men wanted was availablethis is an Arizona re cord. Messers Burns and Campbell received the congratulations of many citiens upon their splen did work. The team work dis played by these two officers is a matter of gratification to the public, for it is safe to sav that Williams will be; given a wide; berth by the criminal element in the future. OVER ONE INCH OF RAIN IN THREE DAYS. - Over an inch of rain fell in Williams during Satudray, Sun day and Monday. The snow began early Saturday morning and continued until about noon Monday with occasional inter ruptions. At no time was the rainfall really heavy, but it kept coming with a steadiness that caused practically every drop to enter the soil. The local weather station recorded .42 of an inch on Saturday and ,40 of an inch on Sunday. A small amount fell before eight o'clock Saturday morning, when the record began, and a little fell after Monday morning when the Sunday record closed. This rainfall added materially to the supply of water in stor age on the mountainsides and started a very good stream of water running into both the Santa Fe and the Municipal reservoirs. If the weather continues warm so as to melt the snow on the mountain quick ly, it is probable that all of the dams will be running over in three weeks time. . If the wat er goes off very slowly instead, there is a possibility that not sufficient may run to fill all of the storage reservoirs. FARMERS LOSE MORE THAN GAINED IN PRICES - Beef cattle on farms lost in average value per head from January 1. 1919, to January 1, 1921. all that they gained dur ing the particination of the United States in the World War and more than half as much again, according to the Bureau of Crop Estimates. United States Department of Agricul ture. The loss occurred mostly in 1920. This hs ben estab lished bevond doubt by the re cent annual investigation of prices of farm animals per head made by the bureau. The average price per head, all ages of catti' other than milk cows was $35.92 in 1917, $44.22 in 1919, and $31.41 in 1921. On Januan- 1, Ifft ve-r. the farm price ws $4.51 below that of 1917. some months before this country declared war. In the case of swine on fa nns. the average price per head all ages, declines in two years 1919 and 19-0. 88 per cent of the gam in 1 917 and 1918, and two thirds of the decline was in 1920. , From 1916 to 1919. the av erage farm value of the product of corn per acre increased from $21.67 to $38.54. The corn crop of 1920, taking the aver age value of the product of one acre, fell to $20.93, and this drop not only wiped out the gain of the preceding- three years but perceptibly exceeded it. The commonly used per centage oi decline since the break in price began, fails to discover this fact, because a percentage of decline from a nigner number is not compara ble with a percentage of gain during the preceding years, which is basd on a compara tively low number. MART McGONAGILL STARTS SHOE SHOP. Mart McGonagill has opened a shoe repair shop in the Dial building, on Bill Williams av enue, the first door west of the Old Jim Irwan building. Mr. McGonagill has been a resident of Williams and vicinity for the past eleven years. During this time he has worked at ranching, blacksmithing, and shoe repairing. He had a num ber of years experience in shoe repair work and announces that he is prepared to do all classes of repairing ladies', men's and children's shoes. He usees the best of materials and guar antees his work to be first class. Mr. McGonagill is a man of family. He has three children m the Williams Public. School and one not yet of school age. He solicits the patronage of all needing shoe repair work done. OXFORD COMPANY COMING MARCH 28. The next Santa Fe entertain ment will be held at the Sultana March 28. This number will be presented by the Oxford Company consisting of .three men and two women. The program will begin at 8 :P.M. The management of this course of entertainments wish to call the attention of parents to the fact that children will be required to be seated with par ents. It is also requested that all owners of dogs who attend the entertainment, take special care to see-that their dogs stay at home. The last entertain ers were bothered somewhat by dogs that succeeded in making their way into the Sultana. " Wednesday morning at about five o'clock, W. K. Case was walking up Bill Williams ave nue when he noticed three ho bos loafing about Babbitts store. Just about the time he o ttoq -n Vi cf roof Vl o Vl Tr Q i o ot af pntrrA of. P.ahhitt nrm at the south and the other go ing around west of the post of fice, as Mr. Case thought, to investigate the back entrance to the bakery. Case took the two still in sight in tow and brought them to the Postal of fice. Bobby Burns' later pick ed up the third. The three were taken before the Justice of the Peace. No guns were found on them and after a little questioning, they were turned loose. They claimed to have passed the night sleeping on the seats at the Santa Fe Ticket office and that they had come over town to seek a bed at the O. K. Lodging house. Mr and Mrs. Prosser leave Saturday morning, March 19, for Jackson, Louisiana. Mr. Prosser has been in charge of the local Postal office for the past few months and has been transfered at his request to Louisiana, his home state. GROWING INTEREST IN "LIFE BONDS' A great deal of interest has been created throughout the state in the "Life Bonds" of the Near East Relief, which are be ing distributed from the state office in Phoenix. These bonds bear 20 coupons, each of which sells for $1.00, the total amount procured for the bond being sufficient to feed four Armen ian children for a whole month. The Schools and Sunday Schools are taking up the bonds with much enthusiasm, in some cities corps of students sell the coupons on the street, and the success they are attaining dem onstrates that the "Life. Bond , which means, the saving of starving children, is proving a popular investment. The magnitude of the work of the Near East Relief is not generallyrealized. The organ ization is now maintaining 223 orphanages, 58 hospitals and an indefinite number of refu gee camps, the latter of which are constantly increasing in number. The Red Cross form ally turned its work in this coun try over to the Near East Re lief, and this is the only agency at work in this ancient land l where Christ was born. I The remnant of the Armen ian nation that is left gathered in these orphanages and refu gee camps, and relief work is urgent, a cessation of supplies for a single week would mean the death of thousands of wom en and children. See DR. BAKER, Arizona's foremost Optometrist about your eyes and glasses. At the Grand Canyon Hotel, Williams, Monday, Mar. 28. Adv. TEAM FOR SALE 9 years, 2600 pound, cheap, must sell. Will trade for Ford car or Ford truck. A GREVEN, iy2 miles west of Maine on state Highway. NEW WOOD-PULP INDUS TRY NOW IN ALASKA Alaska is now manufacturing wood pulp. Samples of the first "run" from a new mill near Juneau, in the Tongass National Forest, have just been received by U. S. Forest Service officials, who state that this marks another milestone of progress in pulp production for the newsprint industry. The mill which produced this wood pulp is the first of its kind in the Territory, and is operat ed by hydroelectric power. It has a capacity of 20 tons of pulp a day with power resourc es available for increasing the output to 250 tons. While not equipped at present to turn out paper, it is the intention of the operating company to enlarge the plant so as to make a finish ed product. The sample re ceived is high grade spruce pulp, but hemlock will also be ground in quantity -for news print purposes. The Forest Service has tried for many years to establish a pulp mill in Alaska, but the pioneering difficulties attending such an enterprise, coupled with the prevailing low prices f,or pulp and paper, have pre vented development of the n dustry. It was not until the summer -of 1920 that the first mill was built. The first run of pulp -was made on January 24. "The Tongass National For est of Alaska," said Chief For ester W. B. Greeley, "contains 70 billion feetrof timber, suffic ient to meet one-third of the pulp and paper requirements of the United States. There is al so a tremendous amount of un developed water power, from which probably a quarter miL lion horsepower could be ob tained. An 4rea containing 2 billion feet of pulpmaking tim ber will be placed on the mar ket soon by. the Forest Service in response to inquiries from prospective paper manufactur ers." On Two Weeks Business Trip R. A. Nickerson, manager of the Saginaw & Manistee Lum ber Company, left on No. 3, Monday night on a two weeks business trip. He will stop at Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles and other points. Mr. Seward Gets Children As a result of Judge J. E. Jones' conference with Mr. Seward and Mrs. Boehnke, last Thursday, the custody of the five Seward children has been given to Mr. Seward. Mrs Boehnke, mother of the child ren, secured a divorce from Mr. Seward a little over a year ago, and at that time was given the custody of the children. The three smaller children had been living with their grand mother, Mrs. Redwine, in Wil liams. The two oldest girls had been with their mother in Los Angeles. Mr. Seward ex-, pects to make a home for the children in Williams. Florence the oldest of the children will be able. to take charge of the household and Mr. Seward is looking for carpentering or otner work to do m order to keep the children together. . S. Cowardin will succeed Mr. Prosser. as manager of the Williams Postal Telegraph of fice. o o o Mr. Gullic, of Ft. Worth, Tex., is the last man to join the Wil liams office force of the Postal Telegraph. o o o The Chamber of Commerce of Casa Grande has distributed 50,000 seedless grape cuttings, o o o The total receipts for the State Land Department during the month of February amount ed to $45,485.50. o o o For Sale A set of O'Henry, $10. ARIZONA ROOMING HOUSE . SCHOOL ELECTION IS CALLED OFF. A new law changes the date of school elections to October instead of March. The follow ing communication from the county Superlntendant of Schools was received by Clerk Riggs, announcing that present school trustees will hold over until October. Mar. 14, 1921. Mr. G. C. Riggs, Williams, Arizona. Dear Mr. Riggs; A bill has been passed by the legislature and signed by the governor changing the time of election of school trustees from March to October. It carries the emergency clause cancelling the March election. So the present trus tees will hold over until the fall election. I will send out a list of the new school laws as soon as I am able to get them. , - Sincerely yours, -VIRGINIA M. LOCKETT County School Superintendant. Treasury Department reports to the Federal Reseve Bank of San Francisco show a total of $3,143,150 worth of Treasury Savings Securities, such as 25 cent Thrift Stamps, $1 Treasury Savings Stamps, $5 War Saving Stamps and Treasury Savings Certificates in denominations of $25, $100, and $1000, sold dur ing February. This total rep resents considerable increase over the sale of these securities through post offices and banks during January and is in excess of the amount sold inJune, 1920 Reports from all parts of the United Statess to the Treasury Department indicate that the public is turning with favor to these small, guaranteed secu rities of the Government. The -telegram from Washington an nouncing the February sales said that the Treasury expected . to sell $3,553,000 of the secur ities during March. Livestock and Range Report From Thursday morning, when a light misty rain com menced to fall in southwestern . Arizona, rain continued over the state, more or less intermit tently, until Monday night. Over the greater part-of the section affected, the north and west, the rain fell slowly with little runoff most of the mois ture entering the unusually dry soil. Seligman reported a fall of one inch rain in nine hours on Saturday; Jerome -reported on Monday a 244hour tall ot some what over an inch. Substantial amounts were also reported at Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Pres cott and Williams; small amounts at Ft. Apache, Phoe nix, Pinedale and Yuma. Tour ists arriving from the coast state that owing to heavy rains in the vicinity of Salome much difficulty was encountered in negotiating the "dry lakes" near'there. According to re ports -from the weather obser-- ver at Williams tanks and reser voirs received satisfactory addi- . tions from . the runoff in that section. While the storm has been too recent to produce an appreciable effect upon the veg etation of the range its cleans ing and freshening effect is quite apparent. In southeast ern Arizona and western New Mexico precipitation was very light and the condition ,of both stock and range continues from fair to poor. In the vicinity of Ft. Bayard a considerable amount of feeding is being done Over the northeastern pateau and in southern Navajo county feed is rather plentiful but wat er is scarce. Lambing is now progressing generally but un der most unfavorable conditions ewes are in such poor flesh that many are losing their lambs and even under the most favorable future conditions the lamb crop cannot tail ot being far below normal. The poor condition of animals an a dlack of suffic ient grazing along the rout is making the return of sheep to summer ranges a serious prob lem. .