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Wnen the winning
guesses are announced
you may be surprised
that you had closer
guesses in your own
Better get up- a club
and make some guesses
a hearing but at last Mr Herndon said
Mr Lincoln you know I am too young
and I have no standing and no money
but if you are in earnest there is nothing
In this world that would make me so happy
Nothing more was said till the papers were
brought to Herndon to sign
The Life of Henry Clay which Lincoln
read in his boyhood had filled him with
enthusiasm for the great Whig leader and
when the latter was nominated for the
Presidency in 1844 there was no more
earnest adherent of his cause than the
Sangamon Chief as Lincoln was now
called Lincoln canvassed Illinois and
part of Indiana during the campaign
meeting the chief Democratic speakers
and especially Douglas in debate
Among the places visited at this time
was Gentryville the little town only a mile
or two from Lincolns 61d home A curious
and ludicrous adventure which marked
his visit here is related by Mr Lamon
Wliile he was in the midst of his speech
at GentryviHe his old friend Nat Grigsby
entered the room says Mr Lamon Lin
coln recognized him on the instant and
stopping short in lus remarks
cried out Theres Nat
Without the slightest regard
for the proprieties of the occa
sion he suspended his address
totally and striding from the
platform began scrambling
through the audience and over
tho benches toward the modest
Xat who stood near the door
When he reached him Lin
coln shook his hand cordially
and after felicitating himself
sufficiently upon the happy
meeting he returned to tho
platform and finished his
When that was over Lin
coln could not make up his
mind to part with Nat but
Insisted that they must sleep
together Accordingly they
wended their way toward Col
Joness where that fine old
Jackson Democrat receied
bis distinguished clerk with
all the honors he could show
him Nat says that in tho
night a cat began mewing
scratching and making a fuss
generally Lincoln got up
took the cat in his hands and
stroking its back gentlv and
kindly made it sparkle for
Nats amusement He then
gentlj put it out of the door
and returning to bed com
menced telling stories and
talking over old times
Mr Lincoln had not at this
time heard tho sihery
tongued orator of Kentucky
but two years later the op
portunity was afforded and
eagerly embraced It is pos
sible as Dr Holland remarks
that he needed the influence
of this visit to restore a
healthy tone to his feelings
and to teach him that the
person whom his imagina
tion had transformed into a
was oniy a man possessing
measure of weaknesses
Abmham Lincoln
In the Spring of 1843 Mr Lincoln was
among the nominees proposed to repre
sent the Sangamon District in Congress
but 3Ir Edward D Baker carried the dele
gation and was elected In writing to his
friend Speed Jlr Lincoln treated the cir
cumstance with his usual merry humor
We had he says a meeting of the
Whigs of the County here last Monday to
appoint delegates to a District Convention
and Baker beat me and got the delegation
Instructed to go for him Tho meeting
In spite of my attempt to decline it ap
pointed me one of the delegates so that
In getting Baker tho nomination I shall
be fixed a good deal like the fellow who is
made groomsman to the man who cut him
out and is marrying his own girl
On the 20th of September 1843 the
partnership was dissolved between Lincoln
and Judge Logan and the same day a
new association was formed with William
H Herndon a relative of one of Lincolns
former friends of Clary Grove It is said
that in spite of their close friendship Mr
Herndon could not understand it when
Lincoln one day darted up the office stairs
and said Herndon should you like to be
my partner Dont laugh at me Mr
Lincoln was the response Persistent
repetition of tho question could hardly gain
of his private intercourse with Mr Clay
was no more satisfactory than that which
followed tho speech Those who have
known both men will not wonder at this
for two men could hardly bo more unliko
in their motives and manners than the
two thus brought together Ono was a
proud man the other was a humble man
One was princely in his bearing tho other
was lowly Ono was distant and digni
fied the other was as simplo and teachablo
as a child Ono received the deferenco of
men as his due the other received it with
an uncomfortablo senso of his unworth
A friend of Mr Lincoln who had a long
conversation with him after his return
from Ashland found that his old enthusi
asm was gone Mr Lincoln said that
though Mr Clay was polished in his man
ners and very hospitable he betrayed a
consciousness of superiority that none
could mistake
For two years after the Presidential
contest between Clay and Polk Mr Lin
colndevoted himself assiduously to liislaw
practice But in 1S46 he was again activo
in the strife for a seat in tho National Congress-
His chief opponent among the
Whig candidates was his old friend John
J Hardin who soon withdrew from the
contest leaving Mr Lincoln alono in
the field
The candidate on the Democratic ticket
was Peter Cartrwright the famous Metho
dist preacher It was supposed from his
great popularity as a pulpit oraror that Mr
Cartwright would run far ahead of his
ticket but instead of this Mr Lincoln
received a majority of 1511 in his dis
trict which in 1S44 had given Clay a ma
jority of only 914 and in 1848 allowed the
Whjg candidate for Congress to Lo de
feated by IOC
Mr Lincoln took his seat in the CGth
Congress in December 1847 the only
Whig member from Illinois Among the
notable members of this Congress were ex
President John Quincy Adams Andrew
Johnson elected Vice President with Lin
coln on his second election A II Stephens
afterwards Vice Fresident of the Confeder
acy besides Toombs Rliett Cobb and
ofhers who afterwards became leaders of
the rebellion In the Senate were Daniel
Webster Simon Cameron Lewis Cass
Mason Hunter John C Calhoun and
Jefferson Davis
Mr Lincoln entered Congress as the
Illinois leader of the Whig party He
was reputed to Lo an able and effective
sjwaker In speaking of the impression
lie made upon his associates tho Hon
of tho Houso when he spoke His man
ner of speech as well as of thought was
original He had no model Ho was a
man of strong convictions and what Car-
lylo would have called an earnest man
Ho abounded in anecdote He illus
trated everything bo was talking about by
an anecdote alwajs exceedingly apt and
pointed and socially ho always kept his
company in a roar of laughter
Alluding to his first speech in Congress
on some- postoffico question of no special
interest Mr Lincoln wroto to his friend
Herndon that his principal object was to
get tho hang of tho House and adds that
ho found speaking here and elsewhero
about tho same thing I was about as
badly scared and no more than when I
spoko in court
During his term of servico in the Houso
Mr Lincoln was zealous in tho performance
of his duties and alert to seizo every op
portunity to strike a blow for his party and
acquit himself to tho satisfaction of his
constituents In January 1848 ho mado
a telling speech in support of the Spot
Resolutions in which his antagonism
to tho course of tho Administration in re
gard to tho war on Mexico was uncom
promisingly announced Theso resolu
tions wero offered for tho purposo of getting
from President Polk a statement of facts
regarding tho beginning of tho war and in
his speech ho warned the President not to
try toescapo scrutiny by fixing tho public
gazo upon the exceeding brightness of
military glory that attractive rainbow
that rises in showers of blood that ser
pents eyothat charms but to destroy
In writing a few days after tho de
livery of this speech to Mr Herndon Lin
coln said I will stake my life that if you
had been in my place you would have voted
just as I did Would you have voted what
you felt and knew to be a lio I know you
would not Would you havo gone out of
tho House skulked- the vote I expect
not If you had skulked ono vote you
would havo to skulk many more before tho
end of tho session Richardsons resolu
tions introduced before I mado any move
or gavo any vote upon tho subject mako
a direct question of the justice of war so
that no man can bo silent if ho would
You are compelled to speak and your only
alternative is to tell the truth or to tell a lie
I can not doubt which you would do
Mr Lincolns position regarding tho
Mexican war has been generally approved
by the moral sense of the country out it
gave his political enemies an opportunity
which they were not slow to improve for
trying to make political capital out of it
and using it to create a prejudice against
Mr Lincoln Mr Douglas particularly
never missed an opportunity of referring to
it and in the great joint debate in 1838 ho
spoke of Linclon having distinguished
himself in Congress by his opposition to the
Mexican war taki ng the side of the common
enemy against his own country No
better refutation of theso oft repeated
demi god
the full
common to men
In 1840 Mr Lincoln learned that Mr Clay
naa agreed to deliver a speech at Lexing
ton Ky in favor of gradual emancipation
He liad never seen tho creat Kentuckian
and this event seemed to ci ve him an excuse
for breaking away from his business and
satisfying his curiosity to look his demi
god in the face and hear the music of his
eloquence He accordingly went to Lex
ington and arrived there in time to attend
tho meeting
On returning to his home from this visit
he did not attempt to disguise his -disappointment
The speech itself was written
and read It lacked entirely the fire which
Mr Lincoln had anticipated and was not
eloquent at all At the close of tho meeting
jot uncom secured an introduction to
the great orator and as Mr Clay knew
What a friend to him Mr Lincoln had
been he invited his admirer and partisan
to Ashland No invitation could have
delighted Mr Lincoln more but the result
Congressman Lincoln Speaking in Favor of
Robert C Winthrop sai 1 recall vmdl
the impressions I then formed both of his
ability and amiability Wo were old
Whigs together and agreed entirely upon
all questions of public interest I could
not always concur in the policy of the
party which made him President but 1
never lost my personal regard for him
For shrewdness and sagacity and keen
practical senso ho has had no superior in
our day or generation
Alexander II Stephens writing 17 years
after Lincolns death and recalling their
service together in Congress says I
knew Mr Lincoln well and intimately
We wero botli ardent supporters of Gen
Taylor for President in 1848 Mr Lincoln
Toombs Preston myself and others form
ed the first Congressional Taylor Club
known as The Young Indians aw4 -organized
tho Taylor movement which
ruOultcd in his nomination Mr Lin
coln was careless as to his manners and
awkward in his speech but possessed a
very strong clear vigorous mind He
always attracted and riveted the attention
V - Vi feA
the Spot Resolution
charges could Imj made than that given by
Mr Lincoln on this occasion
The Judge charges me iie said with
having while in Congress opposed our
soldiers who were lighting in the Mexican
war I will tell you what he can prove by
referring to the record You remember I
was an old Whig and whenever the Demo
cratic party tried to get me to votcthat the
war had been righteousl begun by the
President I would not do it But when
ever they asked for any money or land
warrants or anything to pay the soldiers
I gave the same vote that Judge Douglas
did Such is the truth and the Judge lias
a right to make all lie can out of it
Tho most ambitious utterance of 3ft Lin
coin during his term in Congress was thatof
July 27 1848 when ho took for his subject
tnu very comprehensive one of the Prcsi
uumij mm uuiiuiiu i oiuics ii was a
piece of sound and forcible argumentation
relieved by strong and effective imagery
and quiet humor A considerable portion
of it was occupied with an exposure of the
a sSHfe
Ik A H Mm a rZZT a 4 fS
juv axwtrai ismw ertn vm
u 2fo taxttat Urn Bhifctsjwnutltf tatBMwlXttWj tsidaw snd BiftaBfc
weaknesses of Gen Cass tho candidate
opposed to Gen Taylor whom ho ridiculed
with all tho wit at his command An ex
tract from his speech has already been
quoted in tho account of tho Black Hawk
war Another passage equally telling
relates to tho vacillating action of Gen
Cass on tho Wilmot Proviso After citing
a number of facts in referonco to tho case
Mr Lincoln says Theso extracts show
that in 1840 Gen Cass was for tho Proviso
at once that in March 1S47 ho was
still for it but not just then and in
December 1847 ho was against it
altogether This is a true index to tho
wholo man When tho question was raised
in 1S4G ho was in a blustering hurry to take
ground for it He sought to bo in advance
and to avoid tho uninteresting position of a
mero follower but soon ho began to sco
glimpses of tho great Democratic ox gad
waving in his face and to hear indistinctly
a voice saying Back Back sir Back a
little Ho shakes his head and bats his
eyes and blunders back to his position of
March 1847 but still the gad waves and
tho voice grows moro distinct and sharper
still Back sir Back I say Further
back and back ho goes to tho position of
December 1847 at which tho gad is still
and tho voico soothingly says So Stand
still at that
Again after extended comment on tho
extra charges of Gen Cass upon the Treas
ury for military services he continued in
a still moro sarcastic vein But I have
introduced Gen Casss accounts here
chiefly to show tho wonderful physical ca
pacities of tho man They show that ho not
only did tho labor of sovcral men at the
same time but that ho often did it at sovcral
places many hundred miles apart at tho
same time And at eating too his ca
pacities aro shown to bo quite wonderful
From October 1821 to May 1822 he ato 10
rations a day in Michigan 10 rations a day
here in Washington and near 5 worth a
day besides partly on tho road between the
two places
And then thercisanimpcrtantdicovcry
in his example tho art of being paid for
what ono cats instead of having to pay for
it Hereafter if any nico young man shall
owe a bill which he cannot pay n any oilier
way ho can just board itout
Mr Siwaker wo have all heard of the
animal standing in doubt between two
stacks of hay and starvfhg to death tho
like of that would never happen to Gen
Cass Place tho stacks a thousand miles
apart ho would stand stock still midway
bctwecn them and eat them both at once
and tho green grass along tho lino would be
apt to suffer some too at tho same time
By all means mako him President gentle
men He will feed you bounteously if if
there is any left after he shall have helped
Lincolns most important rict in the Con
gress of 1848 0 was tho lntrocMction of a bill
for the gradual abolition of slavery in the
District of Columbia But tho state of
feeling on the subject of emancipation was
so feverish at the time that the bill could not
even bo got before the House
Tho Whig National Convention met at
Philadelphia the first of June to nominate
a candidate for the Presidency Mr Lin
coln attended the Convention as a delegate
from Illinois During the campaign of
1848 he labored earnestly for tho election of
Gen Taylor speaking in New York and
New England as well as in Illinois and tho
Once again in Washington his corre
spondence was resumed with Mr Herndon
and endeavoring to incite tho latter to
political ambition ho offered some good
advice Nothing could afford mo moro
satisfaction than to learn that you and
others of my young fricads at home were
doing battle in the contest endearing them
selves to the people and taking a stand far
abovo any I have ever been ablo to reach
in their admiration Icannotconceivethat
other old men feel differently Of course
I cannot demonstrate what Isay but I was
young once and I am sure I was ncv cr un
generously thrust back Tho way for a
young man to rise is to improve himself in
every way he can never suspecting that
anybody wishes to hinder hjm Allow mo
to assure you that suspicion and jealousy
never did help any man in any situation
There may sometimes be ungenerous at
tempts 16 keep a young man down and they
will succeed too if he allows his mind to be
diverted from its true channel to brood over
the attempted injury Cast about and sco
if this feeling has not injured every person
you have ever known to fall into it Now
in what I have said I am suro you will sus
pect nothing but sincere friendship I
would save ou from u fatal error You
havo been a laborious studious young
man You are far better informed on al
most all subjects than I have over been
You cannot fail in any laudable object
unless you allow your mind- to bo im
properly directed I have some tho ad
vantage of you in the worldjs experience
merely by being older and It is this that
induces me to advise- ji
r I
It will lw observed that bfr Lincoln
speaks of himself in this Iettprhis an old
man This had been a habit with him for
years and yet at this date he wijs under 40
He was already beginning to lie known as
Old Alio Hon E B WasljlAirnc states
that ho rcmcralcrs hearing him thus called
in Chicago in July 1847 Oiioafteriioon
says Mr Washburne several of us sat on
tho sidewalk under the balconyMn front of
the Sherman House and among the num
ber was the accomplished scholar nnd un
rivalled orator Lisle Smith who suddenly
interrupted the conversation by exclaiming
There is Lincoln on tho other aide of the
street Just look at old Abe And from
that timo wo all called him Old Abe No
ono who saw him can forgehia personal
appearance at that Jime Tall angular
and awkward ho lud on a short waisted
thiriT swallow lailedjioat a short vest of tho
same material thin pantatoonsCscarccly
coming down to his ankles a straw hat
and a pair of brogans with socks
During tho Summer following the ex
piration of Mr Lincolns term in Comrress
March 4 1840 ho mado A strong effort to
Contiuued on levenlli page
YJhliforma Pioneer
I 99l SuHH0P
thero to help us Everybody left on our
train not oven a tent remained and tho
glory of Adondo had departed
Wo arrived at Texas Hill at 2 oclock in
the afternoon There wero three longside
tracks and a circular pit dug for tho turn
table At the end of the main track half a
mile away was tho construction train 25
cars and an engine The rails of one side
track wero cut and thrown ties put down
rails laid and box cars set out for the
station agent stage and express office
and trainmen By sundown tho turn
table had been unloaded and was set up
ready for service the sidetrack was in
proper position again long lines of tents
and shanties had been erected and the
town was fairly ready for business Some
Tucson freighters great wagons with
wheels cightfect high two wagons coupled
together and drawn by 10 mules made a
team were waiting for their freight Every
tent and shanty was a saloon and every
one had a gambling gamo of some sort
poker faro rondo monte
shell game pin pool wheel of fortune
seven-and-a-half and lots of otheis all
wero in full blast doing a lively business
Many had performers on the accordeon
violin or guitar as an additional attraction
It was freely prophesied that Texas would
bo a red hot town in less than 21 hours
Most of tho saloons had names painted in
red hot colors among them was the
Gila Monster My Mary Ann The
Red Light BIuo Wing Esmeralda
Silver Queen
Tho railroad men boarded at Klines
Palace Hotel This palace had two
rooms kitchen and dining room tho
latter had a board floor tho only ono in
town- The sides of tho building were
boards tho roof tent cloth The bill of
faro was painted with a marking brush on
brown paper and displayed in front of the
house Among the items of the menu
wero Irish turkey Arizona chicken
jack rabbit fricassee you shoot the
rabbit good bread and butter straw
berries Wo found the turkey to be corned
beef the chicken was boiled bacon the
strawberries big red beans tho frijoles
of Mexico The good bread was hot yellow
salaratus biscuit and no ono ever asked
for tho butter the second time AYatehraen
were placed on tho water cars and tho price
of water fixed at a bit a bucket This
was considered by the freighters to bo
Building the Southern Pacific Railroad Through the Desert
conr iairr ISO nv the ruiiUiiiEns
On tho 1st day of February 1879 I was
ordcrcdto Texas Hill Ari to run second
cngino from tho front The Southern
Pacific Company -were building their road
across tho Arizona deserts and an engine
was needed to help tho construction en
gine Texas Hill is 05 miles east of Yuma
and on that date tho Southern Pacific
had accepted from theContract and Finance
Company a section of track 35 miles in
length from Adonde to Texas Hill The
290ifl an Hour or two yotp
cxccedinglv reasonable as the price else
whero in Arizona was 25 cenb or two
bits a bucket The buckets were big
zinc affairs and would hold at least seven
gallons each The mule teams were
watered once each day and given a feed
of barley the rest of their feed was guyete
grass a coarse grass that looks like sago
brush and Is eut with a grubhoe For in
Arizona you climb for water most of the
water Is found in pools amoig the rocks in
the hills dig for wood the best and mott
wood of the trees are the roots and cut hay
with a hoe
The agent was and
I construction outfit wero extending the
track eastward as rapidly as possible and
tho engine at tho front was unable to do
all tho work My cngino was to assist the
regular trains over tho Mojavo Mountains
and help out the construction engine We
left Yuma earlyin the morning My engine
was coupled in behind tho regular engine
I carried all kinds of extras and extra
tools to meet emergencies On the front of
the engine lashed to the boiler braces were
two largo rolls containing the blankets of
my fireman and myself In Arizona tho
man who dont pack his blankets dont get
any bed Our train consisted of a pas
senger coach a second class coach a bag
gage car box cars containing merchan
dize hay and grain flat cars of bridge
timbers steel rails redwood ties and 12
water cars Theso last were to supply with
water tho engines and army of men and
animals at tho front Tho train was
known as a mixed train and was certainly
well named for a more inixed up train I
never saw From Yuma east the track
winds and twists along the banks of tho
Gila River until it reaches Adonde The
only station between Yuma and Adonde
was Gila City The city was one small
houso of ono room Adonde had been
tho terminus but now the terminal station
was to bo at Texas Hill When wo arrived
at Adondo wo found tho whole town loaded
on flat cars and ready to move Another
cngino from tno pne driver tram was
can get up a club ana
We wero out early tho next morning tho
sunrise was beautiful beyond description
Far off to tho soutii wero tho mountains
of Mexico turning blue and crimson in the
morninglight Beautiful mirages showing
cities castles ships lakes with boats and
waterfowl appeared and then faded away
The sun came up red and glaring and wo
felt the scorching rays at once At 0
oclock the wholo sky was the color of a
brass kettle and the heat caused such a
flickering motion of tho air that tho sig
nals of tho train men could not bo dis
tinguished 20 car lengths away
I went out to the end of tho track and
watched the track laying Eight men
wero handling tho steel car This was a
low push car on which the rails wero laid
with rollers to slido tho rails over At the
word of command Out a rail on each side
was seized by two men the 30 foot rails
weighed C50 pounds each and shot ahead
over tho rollers the men in front caught
them and drew them nearly off the rollers
when tho rear end of the rail was seized by
the men at the front of the car and lifted
out clear
Down and the rails went into place
on the ties already laid and the steel car
was rolled ahead to the end of the rails just
dropped Such was tho practice of these
steel men that no gage was used and
tho car never ran off the track Closely
following the steel car wero tho trimmers
with fish plates angle irons bolts nuts
and spikes Behind them came the strap
pers putting on the plates and angle irons
and strapping tho rails together Next
wero the spikcrs big powerful men with
spiko mauls shining like silver The
track gago lay between the rails as they
worked the outside man spiking first A
tap to start tho spike a swinging blow
sent it home a light blow to set it to tho
rail and tho spiko was driven Four
spikers ahead spiked tho joints and centers
tho next four took the quarters and eighths
and a third set finished tho work How
they worked How the sweat rolled and
what quantities of water they drank The
water carriers wero kept busy trotting
with tho water buckets A gang of la
borers were following putting dirt under
the ties and tamping it solid so that the
engine and train could pass over safely
Tho finishing touches to the track wero left
for the surfacing gangs great bodies
oflChinamen all along in the rear Crowd
of white laborers tic packers each with
a folded grain sack fastened on his shoul
der were carrying ties ahead A pile of
green sappy redwood ties had caused tho
men to hesitate these ties black with sap
wero moro than double the weight of the
seasoned ones and the packers regarded
tho pile with serious faces But the track
boss Black Jack Higgins a man who
has laid more miles of track than any
man on earth was inexorable Come
byes get in and pack out thim toics
Wan man to wan toie Dont take but
wan at a toime till yez gits used to thim
And they got in
In a few days tiio number of freighters
had increased to SO teams and Texas
Hill was spoken of as a right chirk place
The teamsters afforded us no end of amuse
ment When the two wagons of a team
were loaded the two water barrels of each
wagon filled arid tho 10 mules hitched up
ready to pull out the driver would go all
over the team Ho would address each
mulo personally reminding him of past
offenses and casting slurs on his ancestry
and promising dire punishment for future
short comings Tho remarks wero ac
cented by touches of the blacksnake whip
It was interesting to observe the anxiety
with which each undo awaited his turn
There was always a Bill who got a larger
of tho cussing and a Liije or
in the lead who received an undue
c40me guesses You
may win me Dig pric
Its well worth the small
effort required
Treasury Receipts Last Week
For Monday 2 130398
Tucdiy 1211104
Wednesday 2321711
Thursday 17G31G4
Friday 2203230
Saturday 0217731
Whoever cnesses rearc3t the Treasury
receipts for Wednesday January 31 1000
will win a hanilMwio ca3h prize bea
Guessing Contest below
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week for use in club raising
Look out for it By showing
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can easily raise a club and thus
show your friendliness for the
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of the fine premiums that are
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Besides the premiums which we give to
those who send us clubs such as books
watches dishes etc eta we desire to mako
some uIliioiil awards for this import
ant service
With this end in view we have divided
300 into seven prizes as follows
First prize - - - 200
Second prize - - - IOO
Thinl prize - - - 75
Fourth prize - - - 50
Fifth prize - - - 25
Hixfli prize - - - 25
Seventh prize - - - 25
We will awanl these prizes in the following
simple and fair manner Whoever guesses or
comes nearest to guessing the receipts of tho
U S Treasury for the 151st day of next Jan
nary will be entitled t5 the first prize
Whoever guesses next nearest will reccivo
the second prize the next nearest the third
prize the next nearest the fourth prize
and so ou to the seventh prize
These guesses mast be received by ns on
or before the 29th day of January
This i3 an absolutely fair contest Thero
can be no collusion Xo man can know two
days in advance not even the Treasurer him
self what the receipts will be for the 31st
dav of January
entering this fair and attractive contest is
to raise a club for The National Tribune
during the months of Decemberand Jaunary
One subscription not your own sent in
entitles you to one guess a club of two en
titles you to two guesses a dob of three
to three guesses and so on
It is not likely that any nes3 will hit tha
exact figures indeed all of the guesses may
be wide of the mark but those nearest will
win the prizes All will have an equal
chance and all will have the same informa
tion on which to base their judgment
ion who are reading this may make
the winning guess It is well worth tho
slight trouble involved to make the trial
lours for club raismg
amount of petting When the mules had
been properly aroused to a senso of their
duty the driver would swing himself into
the saddle on one of the wheelers and
taking tho jerk line for tho mules wero
driven by a single lino attached to one of
the leaders would commence and call by
name Lize You Lize Bill
your black onery heart and tha
mules would step up and straighten out
the long draft chain and when they were
all tight in tho collar tho command
Git you with a crack of the whip like a
pistol shot and the wagons broke through
the crust it was hard red clay on top
witii sand underneath and then several
teams wero needed to start tho wagons out
All tho other teamsters would gather to
crack their whips swear and yell the noise
reminded mo of a charge in war times
JIany of tho mule drivers had never seen
a locomotive before and t cir curiosity
was unbounded Ono powerful young
mule whacker seeing the engine handle a
long train of cars expressed his opinion
that that thar injino could pull moro
freight than a million burros could pack
He appealed to mo to corroborate his state
ment but I evaded it by saying that I
could handle tho engine inuch better than I
could a burro Be you tho engineer
he asked his face all aglow witii interest
With a conscious pride for my profession I
replied that I was Say Bill calling
to a companion it dont take much of a
man to be an engineer does it
The Tucson stage could be seen coming
over the desert for an hour before its arrival
The horses would be walking heads down
dusty and jaded
Half a mile down from tho station tha
driver would begin to gather them up
crack his whip and the stage would roll in
at a swinging trot tho drivers stiff whito
hat would be well down over his right eye
his elbows out and the cigar in the left
corner of his mouth tilted at tho proper
angle He would drivo the stage so that
its wheels would barely clear tho box ear
that served as the stage office From
tho boot of tho stage would bo handed ouli
great silver bricks in leathern cases
Ono afternoon there camo in from tha
south a littlo spring wagon drawn by two
little rat tailed mules Two men ragged
sunburnt and dusty wero in tho wagon
and they eagerly asked mo for a drink of
water I gavo them all they wished and
the mules looked so wistful that I gavo
them a drink too In tho wagon weresomo
grain sacks filled with rock One of tho
men borrowed my hammer and taking a
piece of the rock cracked it on the rail
The stringers of pure wire silver in the oro
held the fragments of tho rock together
These men were some of the earliest loca
tors in tho Tombstone District In 10 ruia

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