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VOL. 44.
NO.. 186
Largest in Ter
ritory COf MDjiuiST YEAR
Corporations Escape With
Very Low Taxes Especially
American Lumber Co.
Bernalillo County still has the dis
tinction of being the richest county
In New Mexico from the standpoint of
assessed valuation of taxable proper
ty. However, the net increase for
1907 over the previous year is not as
large as in some of the other counties
of the territory. Exemptions have
been allowed aggregating $320,705.
The tax returns of Bernalillo Coun
ty for the present year show a total
valuation of $4,010,631). including a
net gain of $130,234 as compared with
the assessment in 1900. The largest
single item of increase is in city and
town lots which represent over half
of the total valuation and in which
the advance is $232,538.
Were the corporations of Bernalillo
County assessed as they should be the
amount of taxes collectable would be
much greater than at the present time
A glance at the comparative abstract
of the tax rolls of 1906 and 1907 re
veals the fact that under the classifi
cation of saw mills there is but an in
crease of $100. Saw mills last year
represented a total assessed value of
$11,100 and this year the assessment
is $11,500. A somewhat larger gain is
shown in the valuation of lumber
which in 190G was assessed at $37,
400 while in 1907 it is $41,400 or an
Increase of $4,000.
Granting that the American Lum-.
ber Company which is located in Al
buquerque pays the entire amount in
both of the classified itmes referred
to, it will be noticed the assessment
is a little over $50,000. This plant is
considered to "be one of the most ex
tensive of its kind in the country and
has several hundred employes on its
pay rolls. Reference to the New Mex
ico blue book of 1905 will show that
this company was incorporated on De
cember 20, 1902, with a total authoriz
ed capitalization of $8,000,000.
As a matter of fact the total as
sessment of the American Lumber
Company as extended on the tax rolls
this year is $50,000. This is made up
of the following items; Value of land
$2,000; value of improvements, $6,000;
Value of horses, $800, value of all oth
er property, $42,200. The amount of
taxes actually collectable on this as
sessment is $2,250. The comparison is
An increase of $10,000'ls indicated
in the assessment of water plants.
The Albuquerque Water Supply Com
pany which was raised this amount by
the board of county commissioners
appealed from this action to the Terri
torial Board of Equalization which
was In session last week in Santa Fe.
The appeal was rejected and the coun
ty board sustained. The increase will
therefore be allowed to stand undis
turbed. The assessment on electric light
plants and gas plants is respectively
$27,000 and $12,000. There is an in
crease in the former of $4,000 and in
the latter of $1,000. The Albuquerque
Electric Light Company was incorpor
ated on March 10, 1881, with a capital
stock of $100,000 and the Albuquerque
Gas Company was incorporated on
December 31, 1880, with a capital
stock of $100,000, while the Albuquer
que Gas, Electric Light and Power
Company was organized on November
17, 1902, with a capital stock of $200,-
ooo. ; :
There is a gain of $2,678 in the as
sessment of the street railway system
of Albuquerque, which is down on the
tax rolls this year for $22,800, which,
with other property, brings the total
. assessmnet to $26,800. The Albuquer
que Electric Railroad Company was
incorporated on March 10, 1881, with
a capital stock of $90,000, while the
Albuquerque Traction Company which
supercedes it, was incorporated on
August 25, 1903, with a capital stock
of $250,000.
While the increases are shown in a
large number of the various classifica
tions there are also many decreases
discernable. The biggest loss in any
individual Item is on bank stock in
which a decline is observable of $118,
405. Decreases are noticeable in agri
cultural lands and grazing lands tak
en together, amounting to $32,010.
Gold and silver plate were assess
ed last year at $1,104 while this year
this classification is blank. There has
been a decided falling off also in jew
elry which last year was listed at $7,
470 while this year it is $2,045.
The regular county levy this year
in Bernalillo county is 24 mills and
the regular city levy, l4 mills. There
1907. $20,805;
1907, $07,970,
$3,536, an
$657, a de-
1907, $057, an
is a special city levy of 13 mills for
the support of the public schools and
to pay interest on school bonds. The'
special school levies in the various
county school districts range from
three to five mills. There is also a
special county levy of two mills for
the county flood fund together with
the specials for cattle Indemnity and
sheep sanitary funds.
The following is a comparative ab
stract of property subject to taxation
In Bernalillo County for the years
1906 and 1907:
Agricultural lands, 1906, $233,200;
1907, $221,415, a decrease of $11,845.
Grazing lands, 1906, $180,2)8; 1907,
$160,083, a decrease of $20,165.
City or town lots, 1906, $2,176,404;
1907, $2,408,942, an increase of $232,
538. Timber lands, 1906, none; 1907;
$260, an increase of $260.
Mineral lands other than coal, 1906,
$S50; 1907, $850.
Electric light plants, 1906, $23,000;
1907, $27,000, an increase of $4,000.
Water plants, 1906, $38,000; 1907,
$48,000, an Increase of $10,000.
Railroads, 1906, $342,330; 1907,$341,
754, a decrease of $576.
Flouring mills, 1906, $6,400; 1907,
$2,250, a decrease of $4,150.
Saw mills, 1900, $11,100; 1907, $11,
500, an increase of $400.
Horses, 1906, $27,320; 1907, $31,830,
an increase of $7,510.
Mules, 1906, $2,695; 1907, 11,405, a
decrease of $1,290.
Cattle, 1900, $13,270;
an increase of $7,535.
Sheep, 1906, $40,225;
an increase of $27,751.
Goat!?, 1096, $2,375; 190
Increase of $1,161.
Swine, 1906, $900;
crease of $243.
Burros, 1906, $115
increase of $242.
Vehicles of all kinds, 1900, ?2l,4ub;
1907, $22,758, an increase of $1,303.
Sewing machines, 1906, $2,270;
1907, $1,694, a decrease of if&.o.
Saddles and harness, 1906, $4,365;
1907 $3,S01 ; a decrease of $564.
Merchandise, 1900, $314,185; 1907,
$322,305, an increase of $88,120. .
Watches and clocks, 1900, fi.bio,
1907 $1,062, a decrease of $1,463.
Farming implements, rjuo,
1907, $2,406, a decrease of $794. .
Saloon and office fixtures, 1906, $18,
530; 1907, $24,040, an Increase of $5,
516. Money, 1906, $2,700; 1907, $5,505, a4
increase of $2,805.
Law and, medical books, 190G, $8,-
475; 1907, $9,985, an increase oi
Jewelry. 1S0O, $7,470; 1907, $2,045,
a decrease of $5,425.
Gold and silver plate, 1906, $1,104;
1907, none, a decrease of $1,140.
Musical Instruments, 190G, $.4,335,
1907 $4,290, a decrease of $45.
Household goods,1906, $84,930; 1907,
$80,175, a decrease of $3,952.
Shares of stocks in banks, 1906,
$321,000; 1907, $212,595, a decrease of
Lumber, number of feet, 1906,
400; 1907, $41,400, an increase of $4,
Mechanics' tools, 190C, $1,275; 1907,
$923, a decrease of $352.
Scouring mills, 190C, $5,250; 1907,
Street railways, 1906, $21,000; 1907,
$22 800 an increase of $2,678.
Gas Plants, 1906, $11,000; 1907
$12,000, an increase of $1,000.
Printing plants, 1906, $13,800; 1907,
$15 050 an increase of $1,250.
Other property, 1906, $10,202; 190-,
$12,880, an increase of'$2,678.
Total valuation, 1900, $4,010,039;
1907 $4,157,648. Exemptions, 1906,
$3091990; 1907, $326,765. Subject to
taxation, 1906, $3,700,649; 1907, $3,
830,883. Net gain, $130,234.
Russia Deals Firmly
With Men Guilty
of Treason
Wrested Control of Baltic
Provinces From Czar
in 1905.
Riga, Russia, Sept.,19 Twenty-two
out of fifty-eight men tried by court
martial here on a charge of participa
tion in the revolt in the Baltic provinc
es in 1905 by which the control of
this section . was wrested from the
Russian government for several
months, have been condemned to
death. Several hundred men have
heretofore been executed for their
connection with this uprising.
Unfriendliness To
wards Mikado 1
the Cause
Reported Large Bands are
Gathering About Capi
tal for Attack.
Tokio, Sept., 19 The possibility
that Japan may have to annex Korea
seems to again have arisen. Marquis
Ito is quoted as having said It may bo
necessary to alter Japan's policy, ow
ing to the present situation and it the
Korean people persist In their attitude
of unfriendliness, it will be the "last
day for them." Tokio papers are re
ceiving reports that the insurgents are
gathering around Seoul to attack it.
Roving parties are killing Japanese of
ficials and civilians. These are fleeing
to the mountaius upon the approach
of Japanese troops.
Miss Teresita Martinez of This City
Is Claimed as Bride By William
Hesch of Palma.
Following the marriage yesterday of
Miss Teresita Martinez of this city
and William Hesch of Palma, which
was solomenized at 8 o'clock in the
morning at Guadalupe church by the
rector, Rev. Father Adrian Rabeyrolle,
a reception was held at the home of
the bride's parents on Agua Fria street
and the festivities were brought to
a close last night by a dance at the
opera house.
The bride and groom are both well
and favorably known in this city and
vicinity and their friends are limited
only to their acquaintances. Mrs.
Hesch, nee Martinez, is a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Cleto Martinez, who art!
old and respected residents of Santa
Fe. Mr. Hesch who claimed her as
his bride yesterday is a son of John
Hesch, a prominent sheep man of Tor
rance county, and also postmaster at
Palma. He will engage in the mer
cantile business at Palma, where he
will take' his bride in a few days.
A large number of relatives and
friends attended the marriage cere
mony and the incident festivities,
bringing with them numerous tokens
of their esteem in the shape of wed
ding presents. Miss Rosa Alarid and
Benjamin Alarid were respectively
bridesmaid and best man.
John Hesch, the groom's father,who
was here for the wedding, left tlr's
morning for San Ildefonso, where ho
visit relatives for a few days.
Rugged Old Man Drives Ox Team
From Oregon to New York in 62
Days Via Oregon Trail.
New York, Sept., 19. A team of ox
en drawing a prairie schooner, the
driver of which was a rugged old man,
wearing western garb, attracted great
crowds on Broadway yesterday. The
driver was Ezra Meeker, a pioneer of
the Oregon trail who had returned
over the trail he followed to the
West half a century ago. Meeker's
trip ended at the Battery. He had
come from Puyallup, Washington, in
62 days. His object in making the
journey is to persuade the govern
ment to build a national highway from
East to West.
Standard Oil Com
pany Evades Tex
as Laws
Warring Lumber Factions in Wiscon
sin Reach Agreement Defendant
Made Bold Stand.
Subscribe for the Daily New Mex
ican and get the news.
Winter, Wis., Sept. 19. The famous
Dietz dam dispute has been settled. It
is stated an agreement has been made
between the contending parties and
millions of feet of logs held up by the
intrepid defendant of the Cameron
dam on Therriapple River, near here,
will be moved at once. Trouble arose
over a dispute as to the title to a
tract of land covering the Cameron
dam. Three sheriffs failed to capture
Dietz who gained national fame for
his bpld act in defying the authorities.
Roswell, N. M., Sept., 19. The prop
osition to vote $125,000 in bonds for
a municipal system of waterworks for
this city, was defeated by a vote of
233 to 114.
Startling Disclosures Made
in Suit on Hearing in
New York.
New York. Spt.. 19. Evidence was
adduced today at the hearing of the
federal -suit against the Standard Oil
Company of New Jersey in which
Frank B. Kellogg is conducting
the government's actions which tends
to prove the Standard Oil company is
operating. In Texas under the name
of the Corsicana Refining Company.
Texas anti-trust laws forbid the Stand
ard from doing business within the
borders of that state. Kellogg de
veloped from Wesley Tllford, treasur
er of the Standard Oil Company, that
H. C. Folger and C. M. Payne, who,
Kellogg says, are owners of the Cor
sicana Company, are officials of the
Standard Oil Company.
Wesley H. Tllford, treasurer of the
Standard Oil Company, was question
ed today by Mr. Kellogg, who is
conducting the federal suit against the
oil combine in an effort to glean furth
er facts and figures concerning the
development of the Standard Oil trust
and its subsequent liquidation into the
present Standard Oil Company of New
Tilford was shown a copy of an
agreement dated 1882, giving a list
of the companies that entered into the
"It appears that the Chess Charley
Company signed that agreement; have
you thought about that since I spoke
to you last night ?" asked Kellogg.
"I have not," replied Tilford, who
yesterday testified that he had been
a member of the Chess Charley Com
pHny of Tjoulsville before he became
identified with the Standard.
Tilford testified that between 1892
and 1899 the trustees received divi
dends on unliquidated stocks of sub
sidiary companies and distributed the
money to the holders of trust certifi
cates and holders of liquidating as
signments. The trustees did not vote
this subsidiary stock as they had done
before the company underwent liqui
dation. Prior to 1892 he said, the trus
tees voted the stock and elected the
directors of all the subsidiary companies.
Two Attempts Made to Rob Home of
Fred Alarid Thugs Put to Flight
With Winchester.
Special to the New Mexican,
Madrid, N. M., Sept., 19 Much ex
citement prevails in this camp as a
result of two attempts made to rob
the home of Fred Alarid on Tuesday
night. About 8:30 o'clock in the ev
ening two men effected an entrance
to the Alarid home by climbing
through a window. Alarid heard them
and grabbing a gun, he managed to
stand off the intruders until help ar
rived. However, after he had retired for
the night, another attempt at 12:30
o'clock was made to enter the house.
This time Alarid managed to put the
would-be robbers to flight and he suc
ceeded in getting several shots at
them with a Winchester.
Since the occurrence every home in
the camp has been supplied with a
gun and a warm reception awaits the
next attempt at robbery.
Numa Reymond Reports Progress of
Southern New Mexico As
tonishing. Nunia Reymond, the well known
capitalist and a large property own
er in the Mesllla Valley, returned yes
terday from a visit to Las Cruces, the
prosperous county seat of Dona Ania
county. Mr. Reymond was a resident,
of the fertile Mesllla Valley for forty
years and Is thoroughly acquainted
with conditions there, lie Is very
agreeably astonished at the great
ami satisfactory progress which Las
Cruces and the Mesilla Valley In New
Mexico from Leasburg on the north
to the Texas line on the south are
making. Agricultural lands have rap
Idly advanced in value and when un
der Irrigation and in alfalfa or grain
demand from $1 00 per acre and up
wards. Orchards and vegetable
lands are rated much higher.
Many land sales have been
made In the past two years
and a very good class of well-to-do
people have hoen the purchasers.
The town of Las Cruces Is crowing
rapidly and is becoming modernized
to a very appreciable degree. The
two banks in the town. Bowman's and
the First National, have large depos
its. Much building is going on and
the erection of a new, handsome and
large commercial hotel in the Com
mercial block will soon commence.
This block has been owned by Mr.
Reymond for many years and is in
the heart of the business section of
the town. Negotiations for Its pur
chase by a corporation recently org
anized are now progressing and it
is believed will be satisfactory and
quickly adjusted.
The Las Cruces public schools are
crowded to overflowing and more pub
lic school accommodations are abso
lutely needed. This is also the case
with the College of Agriculture and
Mechanic Arts where additional dorm
itories are absolutely necessary and
where many applicants for admission
had to be turned away this year be
cause of a lack of adequate accommo
dations. The fruit crop this season
in the Mesilla valley was a failure on
account of late frosts, but cereals and
alfalfa yielded heavy returns as there
was an ample supply of water for ir
rigation on account of the high stage
of water in the Rio Grande. A diver
sion dam at T-easbirg now being
constructed by the U. S. Reclamation
service could not be utilized this year,
but this will be completed in time
next year and will insure an ample
supply of water for irrigation purpos
es for the thousands of fertile acres
in the valley and this means great
prosperity and much business for the
In Mr. Reymond's opinion should the
construction of the Elephant Butte
reservoir at Engle, seventy-five miles
north of the valley, be delayed for two
years longer, then and by that time
Las Cruces will have secured such a
start and will have established itself
so firmly that it will be the largest
town between Albuquerque and El
Paso, and one of the best business
towns in the entire Southwest.
Old Officers Are All Re-Elected With
Exception of Secretary, Which
Place Is Filled By J. B. Sloan.
Five Animals Alleged to Have Begn
Taken From Navajo Indians,
Found Near Cerrillos.
Word was received here yesterday
that five of the horses alleged to have
been stolen recently from Navajo In
dians at Cabezon had been recovered
near Los Cerrillos and it is expected
that the three others claimed to have
been driven off at the same time will
be located. So far as known the alleg
ed thief has eluded capture. Lieuten
ant John W. Collier of the Territor
ial Mounted Police assisted the Indi
ans in recovering the animals. The
Indians took up the trail and followed
it to this city where they reported the
theft to the Territorial Mounted Po
lice and Lieuteant Collier accompan
ied them from here.
The Young Men's Association of
this city, has been reorganized for the
ensuing fall and winter months. All
cf the old officers have been re-elected
with the exception of C. V. White.who
removed recently to California. The
officers are: President, Henry F.
Stephens; vice president, Charles E.
Linuey; secretary, J. Bert Sloan;
treasurer, A. H. Brodhead.
Preparations are being made among
the members for an athletic entertain
ment to be held some time during the
winter, probably early in January.
Tuesday evening when the association
was reorganized it was decided to pur
chase the gymnasium appartus which
had been loaned by Mrs. T. B. Catron
who generously agreed to sell it com
plete at $50, which represents a large
reduction from the original cost price.
The indications are the membership
of the Young Men's Association will
be much larger this year than it was
last, and an effort will be made later
to have it embodied in a local branch
of the Young Men's Christian Association.
Hearing On Bill of
Exceptions and Re
free's Report
Full and Thorough Investiga
tion of Convicts Earn
ings Fund.
Butchers' shipping certificates, such
us are required by law, printed in
blank form by the New Mexico i
Printing Com pan:.
Oklahoma City, Okla., Sept., 19.
The returns from yesterday's election
that arrived here today and last night
continue to be of the same tenor, that
the constitution has been adopted by
J a vote of 3 to 1; that prohibition has
j carried by at least 30,000, and that the
, whole democratic state ticket, headed
, bv Charles N. Haskell, of Muskogee,
has been elected oy a majority ui
more than 20,000. In the congression
al elections the democrats seem to
have chosen four of the five represen
tatives, according to the latest returns.
A hearing will be held at Silver
City tomorrow afternoon before As
sociate Justice Frank W. Parker, pre
siding judge of the Third judicial dis
trict, in the case of Holm O. Bursutn
versus the territory of New Mexico,
which was filed in the district court
of Socorro county. Considerable In
terest attaches in the outcome of this
case which was instituted by Mr. Bur-
sum for the purpose of securing a
judicial settlement of his financial
accounts containing the convicts earn
ings' fund while superintendent of
the territorial penitentiary.
Mr. Uursum's enforced resignation
from the management of the territor
ial prison and the subsequent claim of
an alleged shortage In the penitentiary
accounts purporting to be something
like $12,000 are still fresh in the
minds of the reading public of New
Mexico. This alleged shortage was
based upon an exparte report made by
one Francis M. Mc.Mahon, secretary
of the Colorado Title and Trust Com
pany, of Colorado Springs, an account
ant hired to expert the books by ex
Governor Hagerman. It has been
charged and with foundation that,
the alleged discrepancy in Mr. Bur
sum's accounts while at the head of
the institution was simply the result
of political conspiracy to ruin the
former superintendent's reputation
and to prevent his re-election as chair
man of the Territorial Republican
Mr. Bursum has emphatically de
nied that there was anything wrong
with- the finances of the penitentiary
durin;i the time it was under his ad
ministration., He asked permission to
be present in person or through a rep
resentative at the investigation of the
books and accounts of the convicts'
earnings' fund, but this was denied.
by ex-Governor Herbert J. Hagerman
who had ordered the ex-part e and se
cret investigation. Finally under
protest he paid into the ter
ritorial treasury part of the money
alleged to be due and began the pres
ent legal proceedings in the district
court of Socorro county to demand a -judicial
accounting and a thorough
investigation in open court.
No Shortage Whatever Exists.
Judge Parker appointed Traveling
Auditor Charles V. Safford as referee
In the case and Mr. Safford and his
assistant spent about two months In
going over the books and accounts.
Mr. Safford's report as referee which
was filed in court some time ago was
an exhaustive one, involving every fi
nancial transaction concerning the
convicts earnings' fund during
the seven years in which Mr.
Bursum was superintendent of
the prison. Instead of being
short in his accounts as alleged,
In the McMahon report the findings
of the referee charged by the court
fully vindicated Mr. Bursum of the
stigma of embezzlement. According to
the referee's report many glaring dis
crepancies were discovered In the so
called report of McMahon.
The territory Interposed a bill of
exceptions to the report of Referee
Safford which will come up for hear
ing tomorrow in Silver City together
with the report of Mr .Safford. Attor
ney General Albert B. Fall, Traveling
Auditor Safford, Mr. Bursum, E. P.
Holcombe, a special agent of the gen
eral land office, who has been in the
city the past two months, left this af
ternoon for Silver City to be present
at the hearing.
Attorney General Fall said today
prior to his departure he had served
notice in writing upon Ormsby Mc
Harg, special assistant to the attor
ney general of the United States, who
has charge of the present federal land
investigations in New Mexico, that
the hearing in the Bursum case would
take place tomorrow, and he had in
vited Mr. McHarg to participate in
the hearing. Mr. McHarg, It will be
remembered, entered his appearance
in this suit, in the bill of exceptions '
filed by the Territory, but later with
drew after satisfying himself it was
a matter for the Territory to cope
with and in which the United States
government had no interest.
No Star Chamber Proceedings.
Judge Fall declared there would be
no star chamber proceedings in con
nection with the case. "This hearing
will be in open court," he said. "The
public is entitled to it and I want it
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