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Yuma, Aoriacomet THUI13DAY, DEC. 23, 1909. Christmas in the Desert Christmas, by the inheritance of tradition and the record of literature, holds for most minds the association of snowy fields and green trees, of frosty air and tingling breezes, of fur coats and -woolen mufflers, of jingling sleigh-bells and pealing church bells, of warm-wrapped and rosy faced, laughing youths and maid ens. For Chnstmas is by birth, establishment and crystalization a' festival of the frozen northl the incarnately wintry holiday. The Christ mass of the Latin church was a movable fast day, disassociated from date, incident almost from function. There was no concrete commemoration of the birth of the Savior. When the barbaric hordes of the north of Europe gave submissive heed to the tenets of the gentle teach er out of Nazareth, the Catholic missionaries found established as the chief festival of pagan rites the December day set apart as homage to the rude deity Wodin Yule-tide. With the sage and politic adaptation and ignoring of superficialities characteristic and constructive of "the early spread of the Catholic faith, the supplanters of the heathen worship gave to the established date the name Christ mas, thus immediately assuring its popularity and zealous ob servance. So Christmas became inherently a festival of the snows, with appropriate attendants, down through succeeding ages. Here in the dun, grey land of no snow, little rain, perpetual sunshine and faint-clouded skies, the century-encrusted and history-enshrined customs are vi tiated, the climatic and elemental conditions are wanting, the memories dim, the transplanted traditions flaccid.; the vigor and spirit of the festival of its birth -soil bofc faintly echoed. Yet tbere remains, besides the fonn al and established identical cere monial, the real, true essence of Christmas, the precious, world wide and boundless joy of giving and receiving, of heart-reaching extension of good-will and fellow ship to all men that is the vital izing spirit of the holiday. So, though we move throughout the day set apart to Him crucified with wonted placidity and seem ing indifference, we afe still swayed by its eternal dominance and moved to cast aside, for this one day if on no other, all self ishness, disdain and heart-locked egoism. Yuma Valley The surface soils in Yuma val ley vary in texture from a nearly pure sand to a very fine loam or adobe. The whole valley is underlaid at varying depths by sand which affords excellent drainage for the surface soils. No hardpan exists to prevent the free movement of the soil moistures. The whole valley is of sedimentary origin, being an accumulation of deposits by the Gila and Colorado rivers during periods of overflow. In this re spect its origin is similar to the . iamous valley of the Nile, which has been cropped for centuries without depleting its soil fertil ity. The mesa, a broad coastal plateau 75 feet above the level of the valley, is composed almost entirely of one type of soil, or rather coarse sand, containing at intervals a small amount of 3ime. Seventy per cent of the soil in Yuma valley is free from alkali; 20 per cent contains some alkali, but not injurious quanti ties; about 10 per cent is suffi ciently alkaline to prevent the normal growth of the staple crops. Most of the alkali, how- , ever, is purely a surface accu mulation, often being confined to the surface one or two feet of soil. With an open subsoil, such accumulations are readily leach- ed out by heavy flooding of the land. The father of Frank Butts, who was wounded Saturday by Frank wheeler, came to Yuma Sunday and with Butts' sister, Mrs. JPhillips, took the wounded man to his home in Phoenix Tuesday night. Tr. Houf ac companied them. an man Outside cleanliness is less than half the battle. A man may scrub himself a dden times a day, and still be unclean. Good health means cleanliness not only outside, but inside. It means ft clean stomach, clean bowels, clean blood, a clean liver, and new, clean, healthy tissues. The man who is clean in this way will look it and 0t it. He will work with energy and think clean, clear, healthy thoughts. He will never be troubled with liver, lung, stomach or blood disorders. Dyspepsia and indigestion originatein unclean stom achs. Blood diseases are found where there is unclean blood. Consumption and bronchitis mean unclean lungs. Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Discovery prevents these diseases. It makes a man's insides clean and healthy. It cleans the digestive organs, makes pure, clean blood, and eleen, healthy ficsh. It restores tone to the nervous system, and cures nervous exhaustion and prostration. It contains no alcohol or habit-forming drugs. Constipation is the most unclean uncleenliness. Dr. Pierce'6 Pleasant Pel lets cure it. They never gripe. Easy to take as candy. . s. DEALER IN House Furnishing Goods Leading Souvenir Card Dealer in the City, Watch Repairing a'Specialty. SECOND STREET, Uterine System F. G-. Blaisdell, manager of the Yuma Electric and Water Company, is having the complet ing work done on three large filtering basins for the Yuma water svstem that are of ample capacity, he estimates, to supply the needs of the city for at least fifteen years to come. These are located in front of the com pany's power plant at the corner of Main and Jones streets, and are constructed of reinforced concrete,strongly interlaced with twisted steel. The work was done by Contractor Charles 01 cester in, two weeks' time. There are two settling basins, with sloping walls, 9 feet deep, 26 feet wide and 100 feet long at the bottom, and 45 feet wide and 118 feet long at the top, holding 250.000 gallons each. The filter ing basin with perpendicular walls is 9 feet deep, 25 feet wide. and 92 ieet long, with a capacity approximately.-the-same as Ihe others. The settling basins front -on Jones street, paralleled by Main street, and the water is first turned from the muddy flow of the Colorado river into the basin adjoining Main street. By grav ity flow it is carried into the ad joining basin and then, diverted into the final filtering and stor age basin, clear and cleansed of the yellow sediment of the river. This addition to the water sys tem will be ready for use within two weeks, upon the arrival of piping to supply the connections. It is a most valuable adjunct to municipal needs and equipment and the company and Mr. Blais dell are to be strongly commend ed upon the enterprise thus shown. With such a large force of'Water as is. thus supplied the mains and made an increase to the adequacy of the fire depart ment, it should result, among other benefits, in a reduction of insurance rates. Lemoned Again, The Yuma baseball team jour neyed to El Centro Sunday and were handily taken into camp by the huskies there to the math ematical tune of 9 to 4, shoying them down a little bit more. The club will play at Holtville Satur day (Christmas) and at Imperial Sunday. It might be advisable for the members of the team to do a little practicing on days when there is no game scheduled as well as during games. There are other proficiencies required in the game besides reaching after high balls. The first prize a 8500 Rem. brandt piano offered by the Yuma Examiner in its popular ity contest was won by Miss Ruby Livingston. The second and third prizes trips and ex penses to the coast were won respectively by Georgia Clark and Gracie Riley. Christmas Ball Game The Grammar and High school teams will play ball on Christ mas day at Athletic park. Go see the game. YUflA, ARIZONA Killed In Wreck Tb.e Golden State Limited, train No. 4, which left Yuma at 6:15 Saturday evening, was wrecked three miles west of Benson at 4 o'clock last Monday morning, Engineer Tom Walker and Fireman P. W. Bauer being killed and thirteen passengers and members of the train crew seriously injured, thirty-nine others being slightly injured. The most seriously injured were brought to St. Mary's hospital, Tucson. x The wreck is ascribed by S. P. officials to striking a curve at too high speed, .the train run ning at thirty miles an hour when the disaster occurred. P. W. Bauer was a son-in-law of Justice of the Peace J. C. Jones of Yuma, husband of his daughter, Elizabeth. John Jones, his brother-in-law, left for Tuc son at once to take charge of the funeral arrangements and to bring Mrs. Bauer and children to the home of her father. Bauer was well known hereas an estimable and industrious man, and his untimely death is regretted by many friends. The afflicted family have the .deepest sympathy of all in their great bereavement. Charter of the Yuma National Bank No. 9608. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Cur rency, Washington, D. C, De cember 14th, 1909. Whereas, by satisfactory evidence presented to the undersigned, it has been made to appear that "The Yuma National Bank" in the town of Yuma, in the county of Yuma and Territory of Arizona, has complied with all the provisions of the .Statutes of the United States required to be complied with before an association shall be authorized to commence the business of banking: Now, Therefore, I, Lawrence O. Murray, Comptroller of the Currency, do hereby certify that "The Yuma National Bank" in the town of Yuma, in the county of Yuma and Territory of Ari zona, is authorized to commence the business of Banking, as pro vided in Section Fifty-one hun dred and sixty-nine of the Re vised Statutes of the United States. In Testimony Whereof,, wit ness my hand and seal of . office this fourteenth day of December, 1909. LAWRENCE 6. MURRAY, Seal Comptroller of the Currency. A Beautiful Calendar John Stoffela, one of Yuma's successful and enterprising mer chants, is the first to come to the front with 1910 calendars. The picture heading represents a "Honeymoon in Venice," a typ ical scene in the heart of that beautiful city. The Sentinel re turns thanks for one of the pretty calendars. Mrs. Fred Wessel has been appointed deputy county school superintendent. The appoint ment was confirmed by the board of supervisors on Monday. IRRIGATION OF ALFALFA. The importance of alfalfa to western farmers cannot well be overestimated. A single ton of alfalfa may save the lives of many head of stock by providing feed during short periods of cold or stormy weather. Alfalfa can not be excelled as a preparatory crop on soils that have long been unproductive. Likewise it main tains the fertility-of soils natu rally rich in plant food, and if used as a base of rotation makes possible abundant crop yields of various kinds. Notwithstanding its present importance and great value in irrigation farming, the profits on the area now in alfalfa can be greatly increased if more care and skill are exercised in grow ing it. Perhaps the most essential conditions for the production of alfalfa are abundant sunshine, a high summer temperature, suffi cient moisture, and atrich, deep, well-drained soil. All of these essentials, save moisture, exist naturally in the arid region of the United States, and when water is supplied it makes the conditions ideal. Although al falfa can be successfully grown under a wide range of soil condi tions, yet all western lands are not equally well adapted to its growth. How to determine the suita bility of land, for growing alfalfa under irrigation,, as well as ho.w to prepare the land, is told in Farmers' Bulletin 373, "Irriga tion of Alfalfa," recently issued by the U. S. 'department of agri culture. The bulletin discusses the various methods of irrigat ing the crop and gives much useful information in connection therewith. MORRISON U. S. ATTORNEY . Joe Morrison of Bisbee has been appointed United States attorney for' the district of Ari zona, to succeed Jde Alexander. Joseph E. Morrison is a . very able attorney and quite popular throughout the territory. He was formerly a resident of Pres cojtt but now lives at Bisbee. Morrison is 'an ardent republi can and gave'. loyal support- to. the republican ticket at the elec tion which placed Ralph Camer on in congress. He is a brother of Robert E. Morrison of Pres cott, formerly United States at torney. His appointment is very satisfactory to both republicans and democrats. x 250 Thrilling Stories In every family there is a con stant demand for stories good, thrilling stories of adventure and heroism. That The " Youth's Companion supplies this demand is attested in more than half a million homes. The serial stories for 1910 alone are well worth The Youth's Com panion subscription price. These include stories by Arthur Stan wood Pier, C. A. Stephens, Grace Richmond, Charles Miner Thomp son and Winifred Kirkland. Send for full prospectus of the 1910 Volume and see what an amount of the best reading has been se cured for The Youth's Compan ion family for 1910, If 1.75 for the 1910 Volume is sent now, the new .subscriber will be entitled to all the remain ing issues of 1909 in addition to the 52 issues of 1910: also the "Venetian'' Calendarjlithograph ed in thirteen colors and gold. Anyone making a gift of the Youth's Companion receives an extra copy of the Calendar, in addition to the copy for the sub scriber. The Youth's Companion, Companion Building, Boston, Mass. Under Peace Bond Frank Wheeler was arraigned in Justice Jones' court yesterday charged by M. T. Phillips with threatening his life, and placed under $500 bonds to keep the peace. - Will Resign It is reported that Supervisor Shanssey will resign and receive the appointment of county road commissioner. Jack Dunne, of The Ruby, is slated for Shans sey's place as supervisor. Williams Wood Yard. Hay, Grain and Wood for sale. Prompt delivery. Prices reasonable. First avenue, opposite the A. O. tF. W. "Hall, t'boue 127. Christmas Tree. Tomorrow evening at 7:30 o'clock there will be a big Christ rras tree, with the usual accom paniments of music, mirth and festivities, at the Methodist church. Proposed New Sewer Outfall. The city council, by Newt Parks, committeeman, and the Southern Pacific Company are engaged in a mutual endeavor to side-step placing a figure up on the cost of the proposed new sewer outfall below the South ern Pacific hridge, which they are to jointly pay for. As the railroad has firmly declined to make the preliminary estimate, the council will, it seems, have to do it, and the figures are be ing prepared accordingly. Baseball, in Cuba Baseball, the most popular of American-games, was recently in troduced in Cuba. At Havana, where the first game was played, twenty thousand people watched the sport and enjoyed it. This large number seems all the more remarkable because a bullfight had been advertised to" take place simultaneously with the ball game but had to be aban doned for lack of patronage. Let ris hope that the disrepu table and degrading, bullfight may find its permanent succes sor in American baseball. The gin at El Centro has turn ed out upwards of 100 bales of cotton and the growers have shipped about 50 bales to Oak land; three to Los Angeles. The mills are still offering 13 cents. First pickings are running close to a bale to the acre. , The board of supervisors has granted the cod nty 'officers leave to go outside the limits of the county at any time during the next sixty days so. that they may take their turkey where they please. ' ; WANTED The Western Telegraph Institute -and Railroad Business Col lege, San ' Fernando Building, Los An geles. Thorough- practical schpol de v6ted exclusively to preparing young men and women for railroad business. Situations waiting all graduates. "California farm loans Are a permanent investment in which ' the investor secures the highest interest in return compatible with absolute security. We "are constantly making and selling choice loans, and solicit inquiries from investors. 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