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THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 11, 1909. Zk?
7 FACE TO FACE j 1 BraDQE QUESTB0M rilanhood The Power to Choose, io Decide Independently is the Sign of Such men have the initiative that has moved the race up and down. We are credulous and gullible creatures. It may be an incipient desire for truth that causes us to grapple so glutonously at hearsay and rumor. We must have a foundation of truth to stand on at the start or we will have no footing at all we must start with the known. To think that we, a county of sane, broad-minded taxpayers, should allow ourselves to be blinded in a controversy over the best location. for a county bridge is absolutely ridiculous. To think that we are going to allow the gluttonous, grasping hands of a few to choke us into placing a bridge where it will be the best for their pocketbooks, instead of teslfor the largest number of taxpayers, is an insipid whim of a childish mind. Every inhabitant of this county, who is a true citizen, who has the county's interest at heart, and has not imported himself into our circle for personal gain, believes in the greatest good to the greatest num ber of our people. To such an inhabitant the bridge question is purely a matter of business. Every county-loving resident respects and admires the men who made this county and valley what it is and their views on the bridge controversy. Do the old settlers who dwell around Tempe and Mesa believe that Tempe is going to be wiped off the map? Or Mesa? Ask them. These men whose hopes have materialized in the wake of their tireless efforts, who amid trying and almost hopeless conditions, and from small and insignificant beginnings, turned these arid wastes into wealth-giving farms and ranches, with elegant homes; these men, daring, wide-awake, ener getic and progressive our settlers after all of these years of toil and sacrifice are they going to allow the fruits of their efforts to be wiped off the map to please a few who have holdings in an arid section, a section which has never seen an imprint of development? Are these men going to quietly step aside and allow outsiders to kill everything that they have accomplished? Not yet! It isn't the nature of an Arizonian. There is a reckoning coming. Don't believe for a minute, Mr. Taxpayer, that the residents of this county are going to be blinded and led around by a halter. flops We want a bridge where it is going to be used, where the traffic is, at the point where the largest number of people are in favor of having a bridge. And that is where it will be in the vicinity of developed lands, where people are congregated. What do we need with a bridge that will necessitate the traveler's traversing an arid waste occupied by only a few settlers and Indians, a waste that is not even guaranteed sub-division, letting alone being inhabited? Are we going to place on the shelf a road, one of the best in the territory, on which the county has already spent thousands of dollars, a road that passes through our best agricultural section, where our friends live, for a road altogether new, that will demand thousands more dollars to make it even traversable, a lo nger road, through nothing but waste, just to please the grabbing desires of a few whose holdings demand that they have a route over which to take their blinded prospectives? I say, are we going to do such a thing and construct a bridge on a foundation of sand instead of on a basis of rock? Are we going to open the coffers of the county treasury and use over two hun dred thousand dollars to build a bridge where it will be soon washed away, when we can use one half the amount and build a bridge on a foundation of solid rock that will last forever? Mr. Heard, do we as taxpayers look that easy? Well, I hope not. We don't feel that way at least. it. Heard, You interests o The County when you try to pull the blinds down between the wealth of Tempe and Mesa, their Phoenix patronage and our business men? Is that public spirit? What will hap pen when you wipe Tempe and Mesa off the map? Will not their wealth, their prosperous business enterprises and good will go too? Don't you suppose they read the papers and know a thing or two? They were here long before even Phoenix or the Heard committee, and they are going to be there on the map for several years to come and also are going to have the bridge. And Phoenix business men are going to help them, for from merely a business standpoint they cannot be overlooked. They will come anyway, will they? What did they do before there was a Phoenix? Didn't Tempe help put the swaddling clothes on Phoenix? No, don't think that for a minute. You are slightly in a "brown study." Another point that taxpayers have not overlooked is the element of danger that you are also trying to make us marry. Crossing two or three blocks of switch yards that will surely be the case should we adopt your sightseeing desert trail. Don't you think that we know the death rate of switchyard crossings in comparison to the deaths from fording rivers? Of course this would not be the case to as great an extent at the present time, but about the date that we could travel on your sub division road we, as enterprising citizens, have been counting on the main line coming through Phoenix and establishing switchyards at just that point. No, Mr. Heard and your committee, we are in favor of placing the bridge at the point where it will do the most good to the greatest number of people. We believe in building houses on rock instead of sand. And most of all, wii bow to the will of those men of dominating, strong personalities, of integrity, sincere and free-thinking men who command the confidence of everyone who has grown up beside them; whose advice, money, encouragement, have ever been on the side of progress, education and the welfare of the whole country; the men who have made this country what it is today, who have developed their holdings and have been willing to share at least a part of their pros perity and good fortune with others who have entered the circles of the community. These men are to be taken into consideration, and Mr. Heard, we are going to see that they will be and that their rights will be given them. They want the bridge at Tempe because they need the bridge there far worse than we need it at Center street. And they are going to have it. We, as the taxpayers of the county, suggest that if you are in need of a bridge at Center street and a road to show prospectives who as yet have not arrived on the scene, your undeveloped holdings across the river yonder, that you make arrangements to construct such a road and bridge at your expense, and if after five or ten years the county finds that traffic is heavier across said bridge than across the bridge that we are going to place at Tempe, the county can buy up such a bridge and pay you the cost of its construction plus the cost of developing the road in question, with a proper rate of interest. Isn't that fair, Mr. Heard? ' ' Respectfully, LAURABEL HAGEMAN. 3 n i