THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN, THURSDAY . MORNING, MARCH 2G', 1914
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THURSDAY MORNING, MARCH 26, 1914
1 want it said of me, by those who
knew mo host, that I always plucked
a thistle and planted a flower when
I thought a flower would grow.
Support the Resolutions
More important than any other question that
will come before the water users' election on April
7, more important than the choice of a governing
board, is the question whether the water users de
sire that the scope of the project shall be enlarged
by one-sixth, so as to include every acre of irriga
Mc land in the valley. There will come before the
members of the association at that time two reso
lutions, embodying recommendations by the board
of survey in its recent report, for the conservation
of the flood waters of the Verde river and lor the
installation of twenty-one additional pumping plants.
The board of survey limited the acreage under
the Roosevelt project to m.ftou acres. There were
excluded about Sl.ilOo acres which had been signed
up in the association, and a part of which had been
in cultivation, though not within, the last three
Realizing the importance, not only to the
owners o these excluded lands, but to the whole
valley, of supplying them with water, the board
recommended the construction of a reservoir on
the Verde and the installation of additional pump
ing plants. If the association adopts this view at
the election, the subject will be passed to the proper
authorities, with the result, we believe, that there
will be an early development of the needed water.
We can think of no reason why any resident
of the valley should not enthusiastically endorse
these resolutions, for the concern of every land
owner in the valley is the concern of alL Every
acre added to the irrigable area is an addition to
the wealth of the valley. Any acre left to go back
to the desert would' be a blot upon the whole.
The additional proposed water supply would
make the supply of the whole project more uniform
and certain, for, though there is an abundance of
water for all the lands which the board of survey
lias included in the project, we can remotely con
ceiy a situation in which there might not be
enough. But with the more steadily flowing waters
of the Verde at our disposal to supplement the
waters of the Roosevelt dam there could never come
n time when there world not be an ample supply
A e have heard that some water users, though
we do not know who they can be, have expressed
opposition to the resolutions on the ground that they
relate to mutters in which they have no concern ;
they themselves are already assured of water, for
their lands are among the 1X3,000 acres included by
the board of survey. They have understood that the
cost of the developments recommended in the reso
lutions would be added to the cost of the Salt River
project which, they think, would increase their own
share of the burden.
But, if such objecting water users would engage
in a little calculation they would discover that their
own loads would be lightened thereby. . It is esti
mated that the total cost of a' reservoir on the Verde
and the twenty-one proposed pumping plants would
not exceed $1,500,000. If this sum were added to
the cost of the Salt River project and the total were
divided by 211,000, the number of acres which would
then take part in the payment, it would be found
that the cost per acre under the whole project would
be a little more than $4 an acre less than if the
cost of the Salt River project, as it now stands, were
borne by the 183,000 acres which have been included
in that project.
Thus there is a selfish as well as a broad and
patriotic reason why every water user should sup
port these resolutions at the election on April 7.
The Republican from the beginning has stead
fastly advocated the conservation of the flood waters
of the Verde. The waters which pour down that
stream and past the city in a flood several times i
year should be saved for the watering of every acre
of irrigable land in the valley. We believe that the
Salt River project will be incomplete until this
water is saved and every acre in this great valley
has been brought under cultivation.
The Constitution and Its Perils
"Mother" Jones, guardian of miners, whether
of the Western Federation or the United Workers
or the Industrial Workers who do not work at all,
discovers that the constitution is in danger and
calls upon somebody to save it, nobody in partic
ular, just somebody. fieneral invitations of this
character are -seldom answered. Appeals should be
made definite and certain and addressed to author
ized and official sources. Doesn't "Mother" Jones
know that our Cnited States Senator Henry V.
.Ashurst is the defender ex-offieio of the constitu
tion, to which post, on the retirement of the late
Joseph Weldon Bailey, he was appointed, unan
imously confirmed by the senate, and that he has
furnished his official bond, already approved, for the
faithful performance of his duties? In justice to
Mr. Ashurst it should be stated that for this ser
vice he receives no salary or other emolument in ad
dition to his salary fixed by law for his regular
senatorial services.. .If "Mother" Jcnes doesn't know
this, we suspect that she doesn't know whether the
constitution is being violated or not.
. But, speaking of the perils of the constitution,
we have noticed in the course of years that at
almost every stage of history somebody has feared
that somebody else had evil designs against the
constitution. Whenever a man finds things corning
his way he assumes that the constitution has clear
sailing, but when clouds hover about his personal
or political fortunes he is confident that somebody
is monkeying with the constitution.
As a matter of fact, the constitution has never
been in danger except from its self-appointed guar
dians. The civil war appeared to threaten it, but it
did not. Two sections of the United States, both
friendly to it, but each thinking that the other was
hostile to it, gave a bloody interpretation of a dis
puted point, and after that the constitution was
stronger and safer than ever.
- A very large majority of the people of this coun
try are law-abiding." They regard the constitution
as sacred. They may differ at times as to what
it means, but these differences are always adjusted,
ultimately, in the right way. Almost every session
of every state legislature makes an assault uimiii the
constitution. Now and then courts do, lint these as
saults are as futile as the summer sea waves which
lap against the rocks. The constitution is safe, not
withstanding the apprehensions of "Mother" Jones.
Mr. Ashurst has the softest job we know of unless
It is that of the keeper of the seal of a secret order.
The mayor and commissioners-elect have saved
themselves a world of annoyance by the public an
nouncement that all applications for the appointive
offices within the gift of the commission must be
made in writing. It is also a saving of button
holes, something to be considered at this time when
the cost of living is already so high. The mayor
and the commissioners might have gone farther and
have proclaimed that a personal, verbal application
would be considered a disqualification for appoint
ment. If often haiipens, and we believe generally, that
the most glib and persuasive talker is the least capa
ble man. His personal contact with the appointing
powers, therefore, might result inthe disposition of
an office to an unworthy man. But when his ap
plication is reduced to cold writing, the mayor and
commissioner are spared the magnetism of his pres
ence Moreover, time that would be wasted in argu
ment is saved.
The disappointed office-seeker may threaten to
retaliate. "Hereafter.'' he may say, "at the opening
of a campaign I will print a piece in the papers
notifying candidates who desire my support, and
vote that they must prefer their requests in writ
ing. Personal solicitation will not be permitted.
Verbal solicitation will not be considered. All for
mal requests for my suffrage will be filed and dub
acted upon on election day."
But, we believe, in the cases of our mayor and
commissioners-elect, whatever canvassing for votes
was done, was done through paid advertisements
and statements which have, all the form and force
of applications in writing. The campaign was re
markably free from personal solicitation by the can
didates, though the friends of some of them were
not entirely inactive.
FOREIGN TRADE IN 1913
The year 1913 broke records of many kinds.
Vor instance, it saw record totals of exports and of
total trade, with a record excess of exports over im
ports. On the other hand, it failed to see the pre
ceding year's totals of imports equaled, despite the
fact that a new and lower tariff was in operation
in the last three of its twelve months, and notwith
standing that the country bought supplies of food,
notably meat and corn, from abroad as never be
fore in its history. 1
While the failure of imports to expand was a
puzzle to many observers, there was nothing unex
pected in the way exports swelled, throughout the
year. The aggregate of exports for the calendar
year was $2,484,311,176, a sum 3.5 per cent larger
than in .1912, and to that extent the greatest total
ever recorded. Imports, however, only aggregated
1, 792.183,64!;, a decrease of 1.8 per cent from 1912.
the largest total ever recorded. The total trade of
the year was $4,276,494,821. a sum 1.4 per cent: greater
than in 1912, and the excess of exports over imports
was $692,127,531, or $06,000,000 greater than the hith
erto record calendar year 1908, and $26,000,000 in ad
vance of the largest excess ever shown in any prior
year, calendar or fiscal, that recorded in 1907-8.
BOSTON GOES TO THE BAD
A few years ago the people interested in reform
in the politics of Boston gave great care to framing
and securing the adoption of a new city charter.
Primaries were abolished, and nominations are made
directly by the people. Somehow the reform lias
not worked. The candidates for mayor favored, by
the reform element have been defeated at every
election since the adoption of the new charter; and,
by general consent, the city has the most corrupt
government in its history. It is today the most
costly city in the world in its government. Boston
- has been slow to annex its suburbs. Brookline,
Cambridge, Newton, Somerville. Everett. Chelsea.
Maiden and Revere are really integral parts of the
city. If Boston included as much territory as Chi
cago or Philadelphia it would not only be the sec
ond city in the country in population, but would be
much better governed. Watchman Examiner.
ON A TOUCHY TOPIC
On a recent Sunday afternoon, rit a large sani
tarium devoted entirely to treating tuberculosis, a
young Methodist minister was preaching to the as
sembled patients, nurses and doctors. In a most
vivid manner he was describing the great peace,
contentment and happiness to be had in the world
to come. Suddenly one of the patients, a girl of
about ?o vears of age. burst out crying.
"What is the matter?" was the general chorus,
bs the rest crowded around her.
"Oh," she sobbed. "T wish he would stop talk
ing about heaven. I am here paying $18 a week to
keep out of thnt place."
, WHILE FORMER SWEETHEART GOES TO LAW,
PRESENT ONE MAKES
Miss Ruth L. Sattcrthwsii
While Miss Cecile Harris, a former sweetheart of Harry Atwood, is
pushing her $50,0(10 breach of promise suit against him. Miss Ruth L.
Eatterthwaite of Reading, Pa.t is preparing for her marriage to the Toledd
hirdman. Shortly after the commencement of the suit against Atwood,
Miss Safterthwaite announced that the action of Miss Harris would have
no effect on the plans for her marriago to Atwood this spring. '
The Clucking Hen
By WALT MASON
The old gray hen has thirteen chicks, and round
the yard she claws and picks, and toils the whole
day long; I lean upon the garden fence, and watch
that hen of little sense, whose intellect is wrong.
She is the most important Inn that ever in the
haunts of men a waste of effort made; she thinks
if she should cease her toil the whole blamed uni
verse would spoil, its institutions fade. Yet vain and
trifling is her task; she might as profitably bask
and loaf throughout the year; one ir.cubator from
the store would bring forth better chicks and more
than fifty hens could rear. She ought to rest her
scratching legs, get down to tacks and lay some
eggs, which bring the valued bucks; but, in her vain
perverted way, she says, "I'm derned if I will lay."
and hands out foolish clucks. And many men are
just the same; they play some idle, trifling game,
and think they're sawing wood; they hate the v.ork
that's in demand, the jobs that count they cannot
stand, and all their toil's no good.
GROWING WEALTH OF GERMANY
Financial papers are astonished at the enormous
sums forming the increase of capital in Germany, as
shown by the annual statements published. This
has even caused more excitement in France than
the somewhat belated discovery that the gold re
serve of the German Reichsbank is, at the present
moment, far higher than that of the Bank of Eng
land, as that of the Bank of France is higher still.
What has astonished people far more than the lat
ter statement is that the gold reserve has been in
creasing in Germany during the last four years far
more rapidly than anywhere else. In the last Vear
during which pece prevailed (1910) the German
Keichsbank had 1060 millions of marks in its cellars
on February 2d; on February 2, 1914, this reserve
,had amounted to 1575 millions of marks, showing an
increase of one-half. The last published statement
shows that the proportion of gold reserve to notes
in circulation is in Germany 79.1, in England t.7 3-8,
and in France 70.85; that is to say that Germany
shows the most favorable proportion in this respect.
The figures recorded for the German savings banks
during the year 1913 show an increase of oer one
milliard of marks in money intrusted to their
care; at the present moment there are more than
twenty hiilliards of marks deposited in the Geran
savings banks, and the total reserve fund amounts
to over a milliard. All "this proves, despite all that
M. Hubert may write to the contrary, that Ger
many's mobile wealth is steadily on the increase.
That there is no lack of capital seeking investments
in Germany is proved by the manner in which the
new Prussian state loan has been subscribed; it was
subscribed for no less than 71 1-2 times. And all
this is happening just at the moment when a new
defense tax of over one milliard marks is about to
be raised. The tax declaration papers that had to
be filled in respect of this new defense tax show
now much richer Germany is than had been antici
pated in the estimates prepared by the government.
In Frankfort-on-'the-Main the total amount of capi
tal declared by the taxpayers has increased to the
extent of half a milliard of marks in the course of
the last five years, and there is every reason to sup
pose that the same will approximately hold good
for the whole of the country. This cannot be ex
plained away by the supposition that the penalties
to be enforced in the event of false returns have
led to this result; it is no doub't largely owing to the
vast amounts of capital which have been accumu
lating as the result of the political tension during
the last three years. Continental Correspondence.
No matter how hard the times git th' wages o'
sin are alius liberal an' on th' dot. Politics makes
strange postmasters. '
HER WEDDING PLANS
BY HOWARD L. RANN
We have been asked a good many times if
there is any certain remedy for the cure of mumps
in aged pigs. We have never found any, and we
have tried everything on the market, from a cold
compress to a pickaxe. If the old-fashioned Irish
mumps ever gets a grip on the vocal chords of a
sow enfeebled by age and lack of filial respect, it is
all off. The mumps is a cross between the lumpy
jaw and a chesty goitre, it is more to be dreaded
than a rubber dam on a protruding gum. If we
had our choice between entertaining the mumps or
reading the editorials in the Ladies' Home Journal,
we should have to flip two bits and trust to an
overshadowing providence. One of the saddest
sights in this cheerless world is a fat man with a
set of mumps which drop down over his wishbone
like a cheesecloth jelly strainer.
We are glad to note that the cruel practice of
driving a horse with blinders is going out of fash
ion. Nothing will strain the eyeballs of a gelding
quicker than trying to get a line on a gad fly
around a pair of sideboards which fit like a Derby
hat on a hedgehog. If you want to ball up the
eyes of your work horses with cataracts, keep up
this pernicious practice.
When rigging up a roadster for the horse mar
ket, don't neglect the use of the curling iron on his
mane and tail. The average horse buyer is an
aesthetic chap, a lover of the beautiful and a de
votee of the New Thought propaganda. The sight
of a wavy mane and tail will make his mouth wa
ter like lemon Juice on a cleft palate. The use of
the curling iron requires caution. One of our
neighbors was toying with a curling iron one day
in' the rear of a melancholy gelding with a torpid
liver, and while trying to figure out what effect
the decease of Lot's wife had on the salt market he
absent mindedly burned the mustache of a bone
spavin, with the result that the gelding ran a hasty
leg through his interior mechanism. Unless your
ribs are puncture proof, always use a curling iron
with a handle like a hoe.
Anxious Mother There's a look about that
young man's eyes that I don't like. He looks at me
out of their corners, as if trying to conceal some
thing. Daughter Perhaps he is trying to conceal his
admiration for you, ma.
Mother (much relieved) Oh, I didn't think of
that! New York Weekly.
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There's a mean little devil that hangs at our heels;
we can't shake him off any way.
And when we're inclined to do some kindly deed,
he's certain to spring out and say
A few little words in his mean little voice a sly
and insidious hiss
That makes us think twice ere we do as we planned
'Say, what do YOl' get out of this."
We'd tramp him to death if we could, but we can't;
he always just back of our heels.
He sl;iis out and cheeks every impulse for good;
the joy of right doing he steals.
Yor let us once show any movement that way, and
never a chance he will miss
To boh up and whisper the Tempter's own thought
"Say, what do YOU get out of this?"
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