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Want mil Metros VOLUME 31. BABBITTS STORE ROBBED SUNDAY NIGHT, DEC. 17TH. Sunday night Babbitts store was entered by burglars in the most uni que manner, as the intruders slid down two heavy ropes which they had suspended from the skylight. A smaller rope, which they had remov ed from the flag pole of the Forest office, was also dropped into ''the store from the roof opening and evi dently served the purpose of hauling up the loot. Finding the doors of tiie stores too well locked to permit exit, the intruders again resorted to the ropes and were either drawn up thru the skylight by an accomplice or else being men of very clever and expert criminal tactics adeptly climb ed up hand over hand. Manager Geo. Spellmire is convinced the theft was committed by hardened criminals who had carefully laid out plans in a systematic order not apparent in the rase of amateurs or hoboes. Goods of only the highest priced lines were taken, including a fine leather suit ease, guns and two suits of clothes, wool and silk socks, best of shirts and such articles appealing to the man of good taste. Other than a few foot prints, the discarded sales tags of the stolen goods and the ropes left hang ing from the skylight no clues have been found which the Shreiff and "his men from Flagstaff might use to work on. MISINFORMATION REGARDING BAT ROOSTS, CORRECTED , reau of Public Roads is not yet ready r "Will banish insects with trained j to advocate such a policy, but consid bats, says Federal expert," is the title i ers that it should be investigated as of a misleading half ' column article a possible safety measure. I appearing in many of the recent pa-J --. . I JJers over the country. It is based LIVESTOCK AND RANGE REPORT . upon an interview with Vernon Bailey For Arizona and Western N. M. I chief field naturalist of the Biological f Light to heavy rainfall over centraI Survey, United States Department of j and northern stock ranges of Arizona Agriculture, in which the writer was and western New Mexico, accompan given some well known facts regard-jied by moderate temperatures, has ing the habits of bats, which he might j resulted in marked improvement of nave reaa m any oi a aozen dooks on mammals. To make a thrilling story the writer embellished these facts with numerous unauthorized state ments, misquoted the information giv en, and conveyed the impression that artificial bat roosts would afford a remedy for mosquito pests. The arti cle has not the sanction of the Biolog ical Survey or of Mr. Bailey. A True Fish Story A naturalist, writes James B. Thor cen, in one of his clever insurance let ters, once divided an aquarium with a clear glass partition. He put a lus ty bass in one section and minnows in the other. The bass struck every time a min now approached the glass partition. After three days of fruitless lunging which nettd him only bruises, he ceased his efforts and subsisted on the food that was dropped in.- Then the naturalist removed the glass parti tion. The minnows swanm all around -he bass, but he Hid not: st.-rit at. s y , " W single one. He had been thoroughly sold on the idea that business was bad. There's a moral here take another hot at the partition. Maybe it isn't there any more! The Reqorder. DEMILLE SEEKS TO FIND "CAVE" MAN " Cecil B. DeMille, the noted motion picture producer, has left with a par ty of assistants and adventurers, on a trip to the barren island of Tiburon, in the Gulf of California. It is re ported that a very savage tribe inhab its this island. The claim has been made that the type of man living there comes nearer than any known people, to supplying the missing link between man and the lower animals. The DeMille party goes heavily rmed and expects to be able to re pel any possible attack. They are al so accompanied by scientists who hope to gain valuable information from a study of these people. WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TIME? NEW QUESTION FOR AUTOISTS "What's your reaction time or do you know the value of your personal equasion?" This has been suggested as a possi ble question to be put to applicants for motor vehicle driver's license, ac cording to the Bureau of Public Roads of the Department of Agriculture. Reaction time is the interval of time that elapses between the instant a sign or signal is seen and the neces sary action started. A driver starts to pass another vehicle when suddenly a third vehicle appears Which may block his path. The driver must de cide whether to pass the vehicle or drop back. If hi reaction time is slow he may not realize the danger until too late. to avert an accident. I Every astronomer who observes when a star crosses a hair line in his telescope and presses a key so that the time may be electrically recorded knows that he does not observe the fact and press the key at the same time. A correction has to be made which has carefully been determined . 1 j i-i , i - . .. anu is caiifu ins personal equation. It varies with different people. Timers of a foot race with split second watches will frequently get different results for the time of the' race. The reaction time of some people is verv slow and nnHnnhfaW i fha I cause of many accidents. Does the public safety require that such people- e denied driver's licenses? The Bu- Tsmees nd mtpr i,r - -- f J mrm v ' Vila V covered the ground from previous storms was removed by the warm rain making all pastures on winter ranges available. There was an ob- j .. sence of precipitation in the extreme south but with favorable temperature StP V"U ,d Time Friends conditions pastures in that section J Mr- and Mrs- Ridgeway, of Chicago showed improvement. Good to ex- stopped off Sunday evening while en cellent conditions are reported in the route to their home, to visit with old Douglas, Fort Apache, Pinedale and time friends, Mr. and Mrs. George Williams sections, poor to fair con- Matthews. Mr. Ridgeway is treasurer ditions in the Prescott, Grand Can- an financial manager of J. L. Kraft yon, Seligman, Pinto and Thatcher districts. Crop Progress in Arizona With daily temperatures averaging somewhat higher than six- degrees above normal and accompanied by light, warm rains, the past week has been most propitious for agriculture. Winter grains and alfalfa have done especially well ; the latter even where clipped less than a month ago now stands above one's shoe tops. Tho weather has been ideal for . winter lettuce and to a large extent has off set the stunting effect of the cold November for the crop now appears to be near normal in point of devel opment. Peas are blooming and large turnips of superior quality are plentiful. Both because they are well matured and in great demand navel oranges are virtually all gathered. Due to a combination of the unusual season and heavy fertilization last winter, oranges are materially larger and somewhat coarser than usual. The grapefruit supply will be larger this season as a result of a number of young groves coming into bearing. Picking of peas for shipment will be gin in the Yuma section Monday and continue for two weeks; lettuce mak good progress. Mr. and Mrs. Hardy drove in from Red Lake ranch Monday, to shop in town. They found the roads very muddy and travel exceedingly difficult. WILLIAMS, COCONINO COUNTY. ARIZONA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER, 22, 1922. 'ARTHUR JAMES KEEN NEW f CUSTODIAN OF STATE CAPITOL I Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 18. Governor elect George W. P. Hunt today an- J nounced the selection of Arthur! James Keen for appointment as cus todian of the state "capitol building and grounds. - Mr. Keen was custodian under the territorial government beginning in 1908 and served during all of former Governor Hunt's administrations. He has had splendid training as a land scape architect. American! Eating Less Meat; Number of Animals Declines Figures and charts on the meat in dustry of the United States showing that the consumption of meat is de creasing are given in an exhibit en titled "Livestock Statistics," by the United States Department of Agri culture, at the International Live stock Exposition at Chicago, Decem ber 2 to 9. These statistics show that the Unit ed States, while still among the princ iple meat-eating nations of the world is undergoing a general decline both in per capita consumption of meat and in the number of food animals in proportion to the population. This situation is illustrated strikingly by a chart of the trend of human live- stock Population in the United States from 185Q to 1922. Among live stock the number of swine is most var iable, and sheep show the greatest general decline. The relative posi tion of the curves in this chart at the present time indicate that the nation will probably experience increasing difficulty in supplying its ever increas ing population with sufficient meat products, and at the same time provid ing a surplus of these products for ex port. The principal meat-eating nations of the world, in order of per capita consumption, are Argentina, Austral ia, and New Zealand, with the United States fourth. & Bros, of Chicago, and has been in San Francisco" establishing a branch there. King Alexander Dies In Albuquerque The sad word has been received in Williams, that King Alexander, form erly of this place, died in Albuquer que on Monday of this week. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander spent a number of years here, during which time they made many warm friends who are greatly grieved to learn of Mr. Alex ander's death, and who extend their deepest sympathy to Mrs. Alexander and little Jack. Death was caused by tuberculosis. When leaving Williams Mr. and Mrs. Alexander were hopeful of finding a climate that would bene fit King's health. Mr. M. (commonly known as Dick) Duffy, returnnd Thursday night from a visit to the capital city. Red Lake ranchers are anxious to see the work done on the Red Lake road. A cap of cinders or rocks is needed to make this road passible in wet weather. There is no other road that is so imperatively needed by this part of the county, at the present time. . It is to be hoped that the coun ty and the Forest Service will unite in getting some permanent work done on this road the coming year. PERSONAL AND LOCAL Mr. F. M. Gold of Flagstaff was a Williams visitor Tuesday. ' o o o ,, . . ... . I rare. tr. onaier is assisting during the holiday rush in the local post of- fice. O O O . . Mrs. B. V. Cole returned Tuesday from Fresno, California, where she had spent a few days visiting. o o o Walter Brant, a high school stud ent left for New Orleans, La., where he will reside. o o o Miss B. Hawkins is planning a Yule tide visit to California and Miss Rorex will wend her way to Prescott. o o o Mr. Pete Schafer has returned from the Grand Canyon where he was engaged in work for the past few months. Mrs. A. Griffith returned Monday from Clifornia accompanied by Miss Margaret who will spend her Christ mas with the home folks. o o o Miss Minnie Watson and Miss Aph ra Anderson will leave upon the close of theschooJ Friday for California where they foil spend the holidays, o o o Claude Melick who is attending the State "University at Tucson has re turned north to pay a holiday visit with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. P. A. Melick. o o o Mrs. C. Moose will leave Xmas week for a ten day visit in Los An geles Mrs. M. Startzman will substi tute as librarian in the absence of Mrs. Moose. o o o Mrs. G. McLeese will be hostess next Tuesday to her Sunday school class of girls at a Jackie Coogan mati nee and tea following the program to be served at her home. o . b' o Miss Minnie Anderson is bidding her class farewell this week as her vacation is to be an extended leave of absence. Miss Anderson is very pop ular with the youngsters in her class and will be sadly missed by them all. o o o Mrs. Myrtle Miller entertained about twenty guests at bridge last Friday, complimenting Mrs. Barney who is visiting former friends in Wil liams. Mrs. A. M. Root was the hap py winner of first prize. A delightful afternoon was enjoyed by all. o o o The team, captained by Mrs. J. Hudson, was declared loser in the re cent membership drive of the Meth odist Ladies Aid and will now be sen tenced to sponsor a "feed" for the winners next Wednesday, 27th. o o o Various classes of the schools have undertaken cantatas as an Xmas en tertainment. First grade, sponsored by Mrs. Mehl promises a good deal of mirth with their little play, "The Mouse's Joke," Miss A. Anderson's second grades will present "Ever green," the 4th grade has a play as has also the 8th grade under the supervision of Miss A. Jaggard. The 7th grade will entertain their friends with a little play titled "King Christ mas." The second grade Mexican under Miss Gordon, the 5th under Mrs. Ben ham and 6th under Miss Pauline Jones also have prepared entertainments befitting the occasion. The 3rd grade under Miss Kirk has joined with the 1st and 2nd American in preparing a number of Christmas songs. The two first grades Mexican under Misses Zella Jones and Mildred Smith have combined in presenting a Christmas play. AT T- VlQQ -Rll4-vn aTA ttimo email ! daughters left on Thursday for Yuma where she will spend a couple of months visiting with home folks, o o o Manager F. Udine of Babbits meat market is anticipating an Xmas visit with his family in Kingman. o o Fame of our splendid corps of teachers roust be broadcast as Miss E. Duncan has just received a splendid inducement to teach English in one of the fine schools of Old Mexico City. Miss Duncan does not feel at liberty to accept the offer at present but is hoping for a renewal of the same at a more opportune time. Mexico City with its beautiful architecture and its gay social activities is justly termed the "Paris" of the west. Miss Dun can's ; friends are congratulating her upon the high standard of efficiency which she is fast attaining. Such of fers as this bear proof of her ability, o o o Mrs. A. A. Bliss, of Los Angeles. is the holiday guest of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Scanlin. o - o o METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH W. T. Loomis, Pastor Christmas services will be observed Sunday, Dec. 24 as follows: At 8 :00 Sunday morning the E. L. will hold a Christmas prayer service. At 11:00 there will be a Christmas sermon entitled, "The Greatest Gift". The choir will have appropriate mus ic. In the evening at 7:30 a cantata entitled, "Johnnie Doubter", will be given by the Sunday School. A beau tiful tree will be decorated and a real Santa will be there to distribute the treat to the children. The contest which has been running now for six weeks will terminate Sun day morning at close of the .session,' when the winning class will be an nounced. We believe that 150 pupils will be present to participate in the victory of the winners. Everybody not worshiping else where is invited to these services. DAIRY CATTLE SHIPPED NORTH A carload of dairy cattle was ship ped this week to Holbrook from the Salt River Valley, in which was .in cluded none but thorobred stock. This shipment is the culmination of a year's effort on the part of County Agent C. R. Fillerup, and Mr. Davis to introduce into Navajo county fine dairy stock, as these men are con vinced that future development of that section will depend very largely on the development of the dairy in dustry. The Mexican residents of Williams have been celebrating the pre-Xmas week with the "Pasado" a religious ceremony in commemoration of the advent of Joseph and Mary into Beth lehem, then the appeal for and con sequent denial of shelter by inn keep ers and finally the birth of Jesus in the lowly manger. The public has been made gracious ly welcome and those who have at tended the services speak highly of the character of the services and the devotion and sincerity of the wor shippers. The ceremonies have been, conducted in the homes of the more j prominent Spanish-American families of Williams. o o o Mrs. .J. Loomis who has been faith fully rehearsing the large troupe of youngsters who will participate in the Xmas cantata of the Methodist Sun day school expressed herself as well pleased with the progress of the chil dren and feels success is certain. The tiny folks of the primary department are daily at practise upon their pre liminary program and hope to contri- bute equally as well as the older chil- dren to the Xmas entertainment. NO. 4- RED LAKE SCHOOL CLOSES FRIDAY Friday marks the close of a very successful school year at Red Lake. What has been accomplished at that school in industrial units can with little cost, be put in all rural schools with a good result, and should be giv en more consideration in the city schools. The total cost of manual training and garden equipment was under sixty dollars. The district plans to put in a score of small pens 4 ft. by 12 ft. and 4 ft. by 4 ft. coops for chickens to work in connection with the school. The pul lets are to be gotten from good flocks each child to have a pen of four. They are to feed and care for them, keeping a record of all costs and-pro duction. They are to prepare them for market. All costs are to be paid on a 75 per cent basis until the books balance. Thus giving the best ' cor relative of arithmetic, language,' Hy giene, economics, in fact all subjects can easily find its interest in an en terprise that puts a little "jingle" in the boy's pocket or girl's hand bag. Any introduction into the curriculum of an interest giving pursuit, by which the pupil can get the funda mental principles of citizenship and industry, is to the writer's view 'of greatest importance, and to that end no school board and most of all, no teacher should look aside. So long: as a single thought on the teacher's part goes into the waste heap, by which the pupil could have benefitted so far has that teacher been over esti mated. The old saying, "A person will never get more than he earns un til he earns more than he gets" is most applicable to school work. At any rate there is no- reason why every school shouldn't have, or at least superintend gardens, sewing clubs, the need of which is no more felt in our community than it is in the cities. Boys and girls must be doing something and that something might just as well be of civic interest and joy to themselves. CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION? GRAND CANYON, ARIZ. There will be an examination for "the posi tion of Bookkeeper (male or female) held at the post office in this city onv January 13, 1923. For application, blanks, and for full information rela tive to the examination, qualifications, duties, salaries, etc., address Secre tary, Board of Civil Service Examin ers, Grand Canyon. SPANISH CLUB GIVES A VERY FINE PROGRAM The Spanish Club of the Williams School gave a most interesting pro gram Wednesday evening, at the school auditorium. Miss Duncan pre- i sided as a most gracious hostess in Spanish coustume. The roll call was responded to by the members of the class in Spanish. The program was doubly interesting as the Spanishv rendition was followed by one in Eng lish. Every number was well present ed and enthusiastically received. The evening's entertainment was closed by Santa appearing with st treat for everyone. The Girl's Glee Club and members; of the Spanish class then paraded! around town singing Christmas carols of English and of Spanish derivation- News Office Swamped The News office is swamped with work this week. In addition to the usual heavy run of Christmas work, there is the Year Book for the State Federation of Women's Clubs whieh. is a considerable task in itself. This is a book of ninety pages giving a. complete report of the year's activi ties of the Clubs. The store windows are bright witfr Christmas decorations. One would" find it hard to forget that it is Christ- mas time in Williams.