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NEW MEXICAN H M SANTA FE, NEW MEXlfigjJftJESDAY MARCH 9, 1909. 'VOL. 46. NO. 21 BUSINESS IMS Bf BUSINESS MEN Have Put Chaves County to the Fore OF E Is The Example Set By Coun ty Commissioners and Assessors. System is recognized universally, at the present day, as the keynote of successful business and as the only means of acc6mplishing worthy ends. And system it is that has placed Cha ves county, situated in the southeast ern portion of the territory, in the en viable financial position that it now occupies. Especially noteworthy is the systematic work done by the com missioners of that county in so far as appraisement of taxable property is concerned. It was the adoption of a system that has made tne work of the assessors in the county a fjry simple and uncomplicated matter. Due entirely to the indefatigable ef forts of the county -commissioners, led by William M. Atkinson, chairman, all property in Chaves county has been visited arid properly classified and graded, the result being drawn up in schedule form. Every class of property has had a uniform rate placed upon it, so that by consulting the schedule, a glance will tell how any single piece of property is to be appraised for taxation. Thus if the commissioners after examination, have placed in class A, for instance, certain farming property, deciding of course according to location, quality of soil, water facilities, etc. ,and have then placed a uniform value on that class of land, all property of that de scription must necessarily be ap praised at the same value. Thus the assessor has but little else to do but notify the owners of the assessment and add any additional personal prop erty. This method, of course, does away with the making of a variety of assessment rates by the assessor. Likewise, it makes ...impossible the charge that has been often heard in many counties, to the effect that the assessors frequently ask, this espe-j cially near election time, what the property -owner carta to pay on his property, instead of informing the property owner that his assessed valu ation is so much, and that he must pay taxes on that amount. Not only have the county commis sioners of Chaves county carefully scheduled and appraised at a proper proportionate and uniform value, ev ery piece of taxable property in the county, but during the last yearthey have raised the appraisement from 10 to 15 per cent above the minimum appraisements set by the Territorial Board of Equalization, and in addi tion have classified, scheduled and ap praised such- property as was not mentioned and enumerated by the . ooard. By the adoption of such a systematic and business-like system, Chaves county is placed in a position to collect a greater amount of taxes than ever before, thus placing it con stantly in better financial condition. And due to this careful method of looking after the taxes, is due in a great measure the wonderful improve raenfc in the roads of the county, for a certain percentage of tax money is used each' year for the betterment of road conditions, and it naturally fol lows that the greater amount of taxes collected, the more money can - be used "for good roads purposes. Where Chaves county formerly had but about five miles of good roads, it now has over one hundred and twenty five miles and is improving in that line every day. Many other improvements are noticeable and it would be well for the territory if all counties were to follow as speedily as possible the magnificent example set by Chaves. HIS WOODEN LEGS ' WERE ABLAZE Fire Discovered by Veteran's Daughter I l A r- - . A ! . -1 - I i , ana n cxunguisnca Wltn DUt Slight Loss to House or Room. San Francisco, Calif., March 9. A special from San Jose, states that -when George Campbell, of Sunnyside, a Civil War veteran, was rudely" awa kened by the membors of the fire "de partment of that place, he discovered that both of his wooden legs - were merrily blazing. Campbell was sleep ing in the American Hotel when the fire broke out. The daughter of the proprietor, who discovered the blaze, ran in her night clothes to warn the lire department. . The blaze was prac tically, confined to Campbell's room and the principal damage was done Ills legs. , . , DEVASTATION BY TORNADO Six Killed in Ar kansas Town of Brinkley FIFTEEN WERE Heavy Wind Does Damage in Other Sections of the State. Weakley, Ark., March 9. Residents of Brinkley, Ark., which was devas tated by a tornado last night are ar rivng liere. Ten white s people are injured. Also four negroes are dead. The de'ad are: Porter Foote, K. L. Sterrett, Henry Stovall, Jr., Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Belle Darden, Charles Frenzel, Miss Clara Rose, Mr. Hood, Mrs. Hood, Mrs. John Reed, Miss Reed, and one unidentified man. Brinkley is a town of about 3,000 in habitants and the refugees say ttot the entire business section is demol ished and about 80 per cent of the residences razed or rendered uninhaD ttnhle. Relief trains have arrived at the scene, but all communication has ben interrupted. Reports from south ern and southwestern Arkansas say that a heaw wind storm passed over these sections of the state last night, doing considerable damage to smarl buildings, but no loss of life is re ported. Death List Grows. sk T:nnis. Mo.. March 9. A special to the Post-Disnatch from Brinkley, Arkansas, says that thirty persons wpre killed and fifteen to forty in jured. More than a million dollars in property was the damage caused by the tornado which swept over mis city of 3,000 population last night. The tomadn uassed over last nignt at i o'clock and when daylight revealed its work this morning it was found that, the business section was in ruins and nine out of ten of the residences had been destroyed. ANOTHER BIG CROWD AT TRIAL Defense Opened Argument This Fore noon in Cooper-Sharp Muraer Case at Nashville. Nashville, Tenri., March 9. A rec ord breaking crowd was present to day when General Meeks began the opening argument for the defense in the Cooper-Sharp murder trial. Gen eral Meeks has been ill and at the outset his remarks were scarcely audi ble and he was hardly able to stand. As he warmed up he said: "The state has appealed to you to enforce the law, and the state's idea of enforcing the law seems to be to convict some one, be he innocent or guilty. I want to say that never in my life, and in my broad practice, have I seen a witness so shamefully treated as was Colo nel Cooper by Captain Fitzhugh. The prosecutor seemed careless as to whether he acquitted or convicted Col onel Cooper of the murder of Senator Carmack but did seem determined to besmirch the character of the witness. The whole scheme of the state was not to convict Colonel Cooper of murder but to disgrace him in public." General Meeks denounced the ef forts of the state to involve the lib erty of the press, but declared that where the liberty of the press was abused by the man who used it to le fame private citizens, it degenerated Into license. He then read three edi torials and askedi the jury if they could imagine anything more insult ing. "The state will say, go into the court," lie continued, "yes, and get judgment for $25,000 against a man not worth a plug of tobacco." He de clared no wonder that Colonel Cooper was angry. General Meeke then turned his attention, to Robin Cooper and recited the efforts he made to prevent trouble declaring that he "touched every button possible." OLIVER WILL GET U. S. SENATORSHIP Republicans of Pennsylvania Legisla ture Decide Upon Him In Joint Caucus. Harrisburg, Pa., March 9. George T, Oliver of Pittsburg was today named as Republican candidate for the United States Senate to succeed Philander, C. Knox, by joint caucus of the Senate and House. , BRYAN'S DAUGHTER-" GRANTED A DIVORCE Lincoln, Neb., March 9. Ruth Bry-an-Leavitt. the oldest dauehter of Wil liam Jennings Bryan, was this after noon granted a. divorce from her hus band. She anneared with her mother in court and both alleged that Leavitt had not contributed to her support No defense was made. Mrs. Leavitt was granted the custody of her children. DEATH CLAIMS FORMER NEW MEXICAN Was Prominent In Many Walks of Life. Captain George H. Pettis, well known in New Mexico and especially in this city, died at Providence, Rhode Island. He was a veteran of the Civil war and was with the California col umn that invaded New Mexico. At the time of his death he was brevet captain United States Volunteers, first lieutenant Company K, First California Volunteer Infantry. George Henry Pettis was born at Pawtucket. R. I., March 17, 1S34; at the axe of twelve years entered the office of the Advertiser, a newspaper published at Cohoes, New York; in 1S49 removed to Providence, R. I., where he fol lowed the occupation of printer until 1854, when he went to California, ar rivng at San Francisco on June 7th, of that year, on the steamer Brother Jonathan, via Nicaragua; hp was en gaged in mining in the vicinity of Gar rote, Tuolumne county, from June, 1854, until May, 1858, when he arrived at San Francisco en route to Frazer river. The Frazer river bubble hav ing collapsed he resumed his occupa tion as a printer, and was employed upon the Alta California and the Morning Call, and held a situation on the Herald. When President Lincoln t ft, CAPTAIN GEORGES. PETTIS. made a call upon California for troops, he entered the military ser vice of the United States as second lieutenant, Company B, First Califor nia Infantry. He was promoted to first lieutenant, Company K, same regiment, January 1, 18(52, command ing the company nearly all of the time, until musteerd out on Febru-, ary 15, 1865, when he wag immediate ly mustered into the service again as first lieutenant, Company F, First New Mexico Volunteer Infantry, Col onel Francisco Paula Abreu. He com manded Company F until promoted to adjutant of the regiment, June 1, 1865, and was finally mustered out, his "services being no longer required," September 1, 1866, haviirg served con tinuously for five years and . fifteen days. He was- in a number of skirm ishes with Apache and Navajo - In dians; breveted captain U. S. Volun teers, March 13, 1865, "for distin guished gallantry in the engagement at the Adobe Walls, Texas, with the President Zelaya of Nicaragua Issues Important Call WILL SETTUJIFFEREIICES Central American Republics are all Invited to Participate. Mexico City, March 9. According to private advices, President Zelaya of Nicaragua has called another con ference between j's own country ami. Honduras, Guatamala, Costa-Rica and Salvador, with a" view of arranging permanent peace for Central America. The conference, according to these ad vices, will be held aboard one of the warships of the United States squad ron now at Amapala. No official ad vices of such conference have been received. , PEftCF CONFEREHGE Oil WHIP Comanche and Kiowa Indians," No vember 25, 1SG1 In which he com manded the artillery. In 1SG8, he removed from New Mex ico to Providence, R .1.; was a mem ber of tile Common Council, from the Ninth ward, from June, 1872, to Jan uary 187G and a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1876 and 1S77; was "Boarding Officer" of the port of Providence from 1878 to 1885; was marine editor of the Provi dence Journal from 1S85 to 1887; sealer of weights and measures and superintendent of street signs and numbers at Providence, Rhode Island from March 10, 1891 till 1897. Ho again became state sealer of weights, measures and balances, of the state of Rhode Island, having been appointed February x, 1001. He became a member of the Grand Ariny of the Republic; by joining Kit Carson Post No. 1, Department of New Mexico, in 18(18, and joined SIo cum Post, No. 10, Department of Rhode Island by transfer, in 1872, of which post he held the offices of Ad jutant and Chaplain; was a charter member of Arnold Post No. 4, Depart ment of Rhode Island, in 1S77, of which post he hag held the positions of officer of the dav and senior vice- commander; was chief mustering offi cer. Department of Rhode Island, In 1877 and 1879, and assistant muster In;; officer in 1890; was a member of the National Council of admlnlstra- tion and a delegate to the Twentieth National Encampment, held at San Francisco in 1886. Commander of Arnold Post No. 4, Department of Rhode Island, 1897. He was the first president of the "California Volunteer Veterans Association," elected at De troit, Mich., August, 1891, and has held the office of secretary and treas urer. He became a member of the Mili tary Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of California,: November 10, 18S6. Insig nia No. 5065. He was a mmber of the Society of California Volunteers; also of the Society of California Pioneers of New England. He was also an honorary member of the Second Rhode Island Veteran Association ; Battery B, Veter an ssociation; Fourth Rhode Island Veteran Association; and the Fifth Rhode Island, and Battery F, Veteran Association. BANK ROBBER UNDERSURVEILLANCE His . Arrest Expected Hourly Sup posed to Have Recklessly Spent - ' Stolen Money. Los Angeles, Calif., March 9. Ac cording to a story printed here today the man who robbed the First Na tional Bank of Monrovia, Calif., of $29,700, on December 14 last, is now under surveillance by the Pinkerton defectives in Omaha after a chase ex tending over half a dozen western states and may be taken in custody at any time. It is stated .also that a confederate has been located in this city. It is claimed that the man un der surveillance in Omaha, has al ready spent the greater part of, the stolen money in gambling' and extra vagant living. At Globe,' Ariz., it is said he gambled away thousands of dollars. At El Paso, where he went next, all trace of him was lost until he was located in St;' Louis and was followed finally to Omaha. It .is ex pected that his arrest will be made there shortly, The bank believes that ! the money has been lost and has no hopes of recovering any of it. PORTUGAL ROUSED BY EARTHQUAKE SHOCKS Lisbon, March 9. A number of light earthquake, shocks, accompanied bv subterranean rumblings are reported irom the. province of Minho. '-.. 1 is Railroads Hamper ed by Storm Rag in Middle West STREET CMSJED UP High Northerly Winds Cause Deep Drifts in Kansas and Neighboring States Toneka. Kan.. March 9. The heav iest, snow storm of the vear prevails here and reports from railroads in dicate that the storm is general. The temperature is about freezing and the snow in wet and heavy. The rail roads are greatly hampered and sub urban car traffic is tied up. Twelve Inches of Snow. Wichita. Kan.. March 9. Southern and central Kansas is covered with twelve inches of snow today. Rain was falling early last evening and changed to snow during the night and under high northerly winds is drift ing badly today. The city was with out street car service until nearly noon and all railroad trains are be hind time. While the snowstorm was at its height during the night the city experienced the unusual phenomenon of a thunder storm. CROWDS FLOCK TO MESCALERO LANDS Three to Four Hundred People Stake Mining Claims. Ira O. Wetmore former postmaster of Carrizozo, who arrived In Santa Fe last night, brings the report that on last Saturday, the lauds of the Mes- ealero Indian Reservation were thrown open to the public for the fil ing of mining claims. Nearly four hundred people were on hand to take advantage of the unusual opportunity, though it appears that the fact that the lands were to be opened for filing claims was not known to very many people. Those who did know of the matter apparently obtained their In formation from private sources. At that those who made filings are pee pie residing in the neighborhood of the Mescalero district, mainly inhabi tants of Three Rivers, Tularosa, Cor rizzo and Alamogordo. The Mescalero lands are known to abound richly in gold, silver and copper. There is also a certain amount of coal. Mr. Wet- more was among those fortunate enough to be on hand and has filed a claim that he considers extremely valuable and which he believes will develop surprising results. Filings are still being made and each day brings an added influx of people ready to stake claims. Should tne Mesalero lands prove to be the good mining fields that they are believed to be, it will mean the making of a number of towns such as Three Rivers. GOOD TIDINGS FOR POOR HOUSEKEEPER Meat Will Be Cheaper This Summer, Says J. Ogden Armour of Pack ing House Fame. Atlanta, Ga., March 9. "Meat will be cheaper this summer," said J. Og den Armour, who passed through At lanta on his way from Palm Beach. Florida, to Chicago, yesterday. "Meat is bigh, too high, at present," he con tinned, "but this Is because of the increased cost of feeding stock Just now. it follows that when corn is high, meat is also high. This summer we expect the price of corn to eo flown and meat to be cheaper." HEART BROKEN OVER 'DREAM THAT FAILED former consul General to Buenos Ayres Commits Suicide at Wash ington. Washington. D. C. March 9. broken because his dream of an inter continental railroad to onen tn Mini. merce the fertile valleys of Central and South AmerieA hurt TIAVoi mn tar. iallzed, Hinton Rowan Helper, former united states Consul General at Buenos Ayres, committed suicide here today. His widow and children livn in Chicago. A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY The authorities at the Denitentlarv state positively that the man wearing a convict shirt, who attemped to reg ister at the Claire was not Andres Calles, who escaped fom the Peniten tiary on last Friday. They have ab solute information that Calles was not at anv time anywhere near the Claire. I'he clerk of the Claire necessarilv was laboring under a case of mistaken HI identity, " ' Jl STANDARD OIL HI E Waters Pierce Co May Continue to do Business OUST OTHER CORPORATIONS Important Ruling by the Su preme Court in the His Controversy Jefferson City, Mo., March 9. Mo tions by the Standard Oil Company of Indiana and the Republic Oil Com pany of Ohio for a re-hearing of the ouster suit recently decided against theni and for the modification of the judgment were overruled by the Mis souri Supreme Court today. The pe tition of the Waters-Pierce Company was upheld, the motion of the attor ney general for an absolute ouster of the Missouri company being denied, the compliance with the court order recently filed by the company,' ap proved, and the judgment of ouster against it being suspended. The ef fect of these decisions is to expel the Indiana and Ohio Companies from Missouri and to restore the Waters Pierce Company, 60 per cent of whose stock is held bv the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, with the right to do business within the state. The Standard Oil interests are ex pected to appeal their case to the Supreme Court of the United States. The decision is considered a great victory for the Waters-Pierce com pany and incidentally for .the minority interests of that concern who claim to have been making unavailing ef forts to free the company from the control of the New Jersey corporation. With the judgment of ouster more ab solute against the Indiana and other companies they must now pay their fine of $50,000 each and cease busi ness in the state. . ; "T '"''"' HOTEL GUESTS BE-( COME PANIC STRICKEN When Fire Breaks Out In the Neigh borhood and Flee In Their Night Clothes. Denver, Colo., March 9. Guests of the Armour rooming house on Welton street field panic-stricken in their night clothes, and took reruge in the street at 4 o'clock this morning when fire attacked the Cottrell Clothing Company store around the corner on Sixteenth street. Many half awak ened and shut off by blinding smoke, stationed themselves at the windows ready to jump, while others went down the fire escapes. The firemen made their way into the hotel and as sisted In assuring the people that there was no danger and rescued all without accident. The fire was con fined to the Cottrell store and caused damage to the fixtures and stock, esti mated at $120,000. The origin has not been ascertained. FIRST TAFT CABINET MEETING Members Instructed Not to Discuss Business Transacted, with Jour nalists or Others. ? Washington, D. C, March 9. Presi dent Taft's first cabinet meeting con vened at 11 o'clock today, all being present except Secretary of War Dick inson. The president has determined not to permit the members of the cab inet to discuss the business transacted and when the meeting broke up Sec retary of State Knox made this "an nouncement. : . WOOL FIRM BUT FEW SALES Old Lines Are Dull, But Supply is Limited Arrival of New Clip From Arizona. Boston, Mass., March 9. The supply of desirable domestic wool has been slightly increased by the arrival of a new clip from Arizona. The old lines aredull and firmly held with a very limited supply. New Arizona wool is quoted at 61 to 65 cleaned. Old Ter ritory has sold for 24 cents for three- eighths, and a lot of fine Nevada has been transferred at 19. Other wools are'firm with but few sales. NAVAJO CHIEF HELD FOR OHIO GRAND JURY Cincinnati, Ohio, March 9. Bicody-r" the Navajo Indian chief, who ran amuck recently in the Grand Central station and stabbed three persons, was bound over the grand Jury today on the charge of assault to kill and ras remanded to Jail after failure to give Vmd. . v . ,-. - - I i Mb m '