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Louis Nellis Loses Life in Fire Due To
Explosion of a Lamp in His
Apartments in Turkey
Dr. Cooke Says no Irrigation Enterprise
In Country Has Such Ideal Climatic
Conditions or Soil as Fertile
(Prom Saturday's Daily.)
One of the most horrible deaths
that has ever occurred in this county
was that of Thursday, night at 11
o'clock, when Louis Nellis, the aged
father of L. P. Nellis, was burned to
a crisp in a building at Turkey, on
tie Bradshaw Mountain railroad, by
a kerosene lamp explosion in the room
while we has asleep. Particulars of
the awful tragedy are to the effect
that Mr. Nellis had retired earlier in
the night, and as was his custom had
left the lamp burning on the table
near his bed, after retiring. It is be
lieved the oil had burned low, and
with the accumulation of gas the ex
plosion resulted, scattering the burn
ing fluid through the small room. Im
mediately the building was in flames,
which was noticed by several Indians
camped near by, who gave the alarm.
Mr. Nellie, son of the deceased, was
among the first to reach the building,
but his efforts to rescue and save
Ilia father were futile. The intense
heat from the building made entry
impossible and in a few minutes the
tructure was burned to the ground.
(From Thursday's Daily.)
In speaking yesterday of hii re
cent trip to New York city in the
interest of the Haynes Copper com
pany at Jerome, T. E. Campbell con
veys the important information that
his mission was successful, and he
secured financial assistance for con
ducting large operations for at least
sixteen months. It will also be learn
ed with interest that a complete re
organization of the board of directors
and management has been effected,
and the purpose is to go ahead on a
plan that will permit of the greatest
exploitation of that desirable prop
erty, C. B. Stranahan, the new presi
dent and general manager, is the
fcrgest domestic producer and imporf-
"e? of iron pyrites in the United
States, and feels confident of demon
strating the merits of this well known
copper proposition.
In speaking of the mine work to
be inaugurated Mr. Campbell says
that the main three-compartmrtit
working shaft will be sunk 500 feet
deeper which will give a depth of
1200 feet. Sufficient development in
drifting and crosscutting to definite
ly prove ore values in the north and
west faults will also be prosecuted.
The last work on the 700 foot level
shows that the primary condition
must be reached before big ore bodies
can be proven, hence the extenive
plan of development.
incidental to prosecuting the work
additional pumping facilities will be
introduced and such are now en
route from the east. This apparatus
is expected to arrive within the nexl
few days and will be placed at once.
About two weeks will be occupied in
unwatering the mine and in the
meantime the camp will be put in
condition for operation.
Mr. Campbell expressed himself in
a favorable manner yesterday over
the outcome of recent negotiations
and from his knowledge of the under
taking after many years of an asso
ciation in directing the work he is
confident of the creation of another
desirable property in that well known
field of bonanza mines.
Considerable discussion among min
ers is going on over the recent dis
covery of rich gold ore in the mines
of tho Black River Mining company,
near Turkey, on the Bradshaw Moun
tain railroad. The strike was made
a few days ago in the bottom of the
main shaft and is free gold in char
acter, running very high. No values
were given publicity, but several
samples have been received in this
city confirming the reports of tho
rich find. The ore has an average
width of one inch. The point of dis
covery is about 150 feet deep. Thc
ore is thc first of the character en
countered since operations were start
ed several months ago.
The Black River interests are con
trolled by residents of Flagstaff in
a close corporation. Since beginning
work operations have progressed
quietly. G. N. Baty, general manager
of the company, returned to Flag
rtaff a few days ago, and is a fre
quent visitor to the property.
The discovery of the dead body- of
the man revealed an awful sight. He
was fohnd nenr the doorway, and
from his position it is believed he
made a desperate effort to reach the
only avenue of escape in the build
ing. His features were unrecogniz
able, and his body was also badly
burned. He was scantily clothed and
irum whs oe.ievea ne naa re-
tired and was awakened when the
The building was situated between
the residence and business house of
Mr. Nellis. It had been ociupied for
several years by the deceased who
was old and feeble nnd who preferred
this seclusion. He had, been in Jthis
territory for the past eight years and
was in delicate health.
He was a native of New York
state, and 87 years old. The remains
were buried at that place yesterday
afternoon by Lester Ruffner, under
taker, of this city. The unfortunato
accident has cast a gloom over that
community and sorrow is expressed
over the sad fate that overtook this
excellent man.
flu- ITnW- sint. Pwc Al!a;:
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 19.-',
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There have been various rumors as to'
new features that have risen in ran-
nection with the statehood contro
ersy. One report is that the citi
zens' delegation from Arizona exact
ed a promise from President Tnft to!
the effect that the enabling act may
be so amended as to leave the approv-
:il of th rnnstitiit!nn oniroK- ;n i,
hands of congress, but this condition ! j"1 wa" the nl:lin toPIc of speeches
has been changed by the latest letter! at the ban1uet at wbicn -T- H. Mc
of the President to Mr. Flood. Upon 1 CIintock l,r'es5ded-
the convening of congress the proper
resolutions were introduced for both
Arizona and New Mexico, providing
for separate admission, but Chairman
Flood of the committee on territories,
took it upon himself to introduce
confess the nroner!
another resolution which provided for,
joint admission of the two territories.
Mr. Flood's action is in line with the
expression of the Democratic majority
of the house, and while there will un
questionably be a warm contest in
the lower branch of congress, it ap
pears reasonable to suppose that the
resolution will meet with favor, par
ticularly upon tho part of the ma
jority, and that after a fight it wilt
be passed and' sent to the senate, in
which body the line of division is
very strongly marked. It is in this
branch of congress that the real fight
will take plnce. The President will
maintain a policy of "hands off."
Just at present New Mexico is pas
Hive but what the position of the
people in that territory, and their
friends in the senate, will be here
after, will depend upon future events.
The question of the recall of judges
hns been so strongly discussed in the
national capital that most of the best
informed on-lookers who are general
ly supposed to form disinterested
opinions, generally believe that the
United States senate will not approve
of the Arizona constitution. There
are those, however, who take the op
posite view, and assert that the house
program as indicated in the resolu
tion of Chairman Flood, will prevail
in the senate. It may be, however,
noted that most of these people are
thoroughly partisan, and are firm be
lievers in the disputed features of the
constitution. There has been such a
storm of objections, that thc only
feature in the whole controversy that
has been clear since the big fight of
March 4th, is the certainty that the
whole question is going to be fought
out to a definite finish in the halls
of congress, independent of the ad
ministration. It is known that Presi
dent Taft and his cabinet have gone
over the matter very thoroughly, and
that there is absolute opposition to
the Arizona constitution in that quar
ter. Whether the influence of Presi
dent Taft and his advisors will bo
used to finally settle the question in
the senate, no man can say, but it is
certain that the opposition from tho
Executive and his cabinet has not
been and will not be changed. If tho
Arizona constitution is approved by
the senate, most of the people in
Washington who keep closely in touch
with affairs, will be greatly surprised.
Mining location notices for sale at
the Journal-Miner office.
-(Special to the Journal-Miner)
PHOENIX, Ariz., April 21. Pres
cott owns Phoenix tonight, figurative
ly speaking. Never before has there
been such a lavish display of Hos
pitality and such generous whole
souled welcome. It broke out first at
Glendale when a telegram was re
ceived from Harry Welch, secretary
of the Board of Trade, extending a
rosy-colored welcome to the excursion
ists and tendering them the key to
the city. Then a representative of
the Phoenix Democrat boarded the
tiain and distributed gratis the even
ing edition containing on the front
page in striking headlines a welcome
and an account of the entertainment
that hnd been prepared for the
There were 325 excursionists left
Prescott, eighty-nine of them being
business mon and at Wickenburg an
other bpnch joined the crowd and
promptly became attached to booster
badges. Over 500 people at the depot
greeted the visitors for whom auto
mobiles had been provided. The In
dian school band was in evidence nnd
gave a melodious welcome and es
corted the big parade up street to the
business center where tho machines scat
tered conveying the excursionists
either to hotels or residences of
Twenty minutes later the delegates
, to the Good Roads convention and
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sionists were given free tickets to
the Coliseum. In fact Prescott money j helpful to the territory and remuner
is no good in Phoonix tonight and'ative to the men who' had invested
anyone who attempts to spend a cent! twelve million dollars in them,
stands in fear of assassination. j Mr. Murphy said lie favored the
ln vlew 01 tne la" tnat tne uooa
Roods convention meets tomorrow that
In thc ehairman's opening remarks
he evoked a storm of applause when
he declared "Prescott is the prettiest
natural city in thc entire southwest."
ne commended the enterprise of its
citizens and complimonted the Yava
pai club and the social organizations
of the city.
T. O. Norris who was the father
of the good roads movement in Ari
zona was thc first speaker. He said
that the Yavapai club was itself a
good roads commission and he defied
anyone to point to any board of trade
in the territory that had made such
a splendid showing and declared that
Yavapai county could always be count
ed on to cooperate with Maricopa
county for good roads between the
two counties. j
(JFrom Thursaay's Daily.)
George Carey and Matt Sullivan,
who recently disposed of the De
Gandt gold mines nar Columbia to
Mr. Locke, of Albuquerque, returned
to the south yesterday by Crown
King. They will start development
on other mines immediately in that
section. Mr. Locke statei beforo
leaving for the east yesterday that
his interests are financed and he will
install a mill at once in addition to
placing a large force of miners at
work. He is anxious to have the
matter of wagon road communication
acted upon for that district at the
earliest date possible which will af
ford all interests substantial assistance
in future operations. Crown king
would be the terminal point for ship
ping by rail, which is distant by
wagon road from his camp only sev
enteen miles. Less than eight miles
of road will be necessary to build,
and there is a general demand for tho
highway to be constructed from other
mine owners.
(From Friday Dally)
The transferring of the S0-horse-power
Corliss engine and GO-horse-power
boiler from the old Standard
mill at Humboldt to tho Big Pino
Mining company on the Hassayampa,
was begun yesterday. Tho contract
for erecting tho machinery was se
cured by Hill Brothers of Humboldt,
and while in tho city yestorday E. E.
Hill stated that the work would be
completed by May 1. Mr. Hill also
stated that his firm would erect im
mediately for Kellogg and George at
Humboldt a two-ton ico machino and
a largo cold storage plant for the
preservation of meats and vegetables.
Governor Sloan said that the Pres-
cott excursion was a worthy mission
Ho had been in every portion of the
territory and could speak authorita
tively. While some sections had as
good a climate nine months and fair
climate for three months there was
one place that had an ideal climate
for twelvo months Prescott.
He urged the importance of spend
ing the summer there from a business
Every dollar spent in Prescott stays
in Arizona while it never gets back
when spent in California.
R. N. Fredericks was another Pres
cott speaker. He said his visit was
First That the summer colony com
mittee may present the advantages
of the projoct,
Second To lend support to a ter
ritorial good roads movemont.
Third To visit the Maricopa Board
of Trade and thereby cement the
friendly feeling existing between the
two organizations.
Continuing Mr. Fredericks said that
Maricopa county had accomplished so
mueh that Yavapai concluded to emu
late its example.
"Yavapai county always sent larg-
er delegations to the Territorial fair
than any other county and there
should be reciprocity."
Dr. Flinn then described the sum-
mer colony site and the inducements
! a l. . jv a ji ji.ii i
luul '"- o"ereu ana was ionowea
1 tl r ir t v .1
-urp creaiea ap-
' Flau5e nen ne announced mat ne
""P 10 E Dls m,?1DB nieresis in
I such condition that they would be
KO0d "aas movement ana predicted
; that with a road to the Grand Can
yon and through the Bradshaws that
the movement would be the most
helpful enterprise ever undertaken in
Arizona and would coll millions of
dollars to the territory. He stated
that the Point Lobos railroad would
be built and probably would be the
means of giving Phoenix terminal
rates. Phoenix should also make an
effort to get the El Paso and South
western, he said.
E. S. Clark was the last of thc
Prescott delegation to speak and ne
eulogized the hospitality extended. As
to the good roads movement it would
benefit thc farmer more than any
other class.
The banquet tables were decorated
with pine cones brought from Pres
cott and pithy circular letters were
distributed by Secretary Fraser whose
ability and energy called forth many
enthusiastic compliments.
(From. Wednesday's Daily.)
Three of the best known Hassay
ampers in Arizona crrived in Pres
cott Monday afternoon from Pinal
county, and have enrolled their names
on the register of the Pioneers Home.
They are C. W. Fuller, George Thurs
ton and "Jack" Green.
iMr. Fuller was among the first
tillers of the soil in Pinal county,
and had considerable difficulty in
raising a crop of corn. As fast as
it would grow, the Apache would
steal it, and ho abandoned the in
dustry and enlisted in the good cause
to exterminate them.
George Thurston, in early days, was
regarded as an excellent accountant,
and filled many ruponsil.iM positions
of trust in the sou'.h.
Mr. Green has an excellent reputa
tion for honesty and integrity, and
in tho long years that he served
faithfully and efficiently many em
plovers, his name stands without a
blemish for exemplary citizenship.
All of the above pilgrims of the
1 Gila entered Arizona in the CO's,
and in their day were enterprising
Thc roll of the home now shows a
total of twenty-three members, and
up to date not one has been in the
hospital ward.
SASKATOON, Sask., April 21.
Two pugilists who formerly were
rated near the top of their class are
scheduled to meet tomorrow at tho
first big boxing bout to bo pulled off
in Saskatoon. They are Young Poter
Jackson, tho Baltimore heavyweight,
and John Willie of Chicago. Tho
agreement calls for a fifteen round
(From Saturday's Daily.)
That thc immense reclamation pro
ject and water storage undertaking
of the Arizona Land and Irrigation
Company, is assuming shape was ex
emplified yesterday when George A,
Thayer, representing the company
made the first payment to D. M
Wynkoop for the latter's 900 acre
tract of land that is to be utilized as
the water storage site for the big
dam on the lower end of Willow
Creek. This movement following the
purchase of too 32.000 acres of land
mentioned earlier in the week, practi
cally assures thc beginning of actual
work on this great project, which
from a private ownership standpoint
is the largest that has ever been
started in Arizona. Mr. Thayer, in
speaking of the amount of money his
company has already outlayed in the
preliminary work, stated that nearly
$50,000 had been disbursed. Since
giving publicity to the intentions of
the company a few days ago, anu
after the all important land question
had been definitely settled, the com
pany has boen very active. Surveys
have been run from the proposed di
version dam site on the- Fort Whipple
military reservation, for the canal
that will conserve the waters of
Granite Creek during the flood sea
son. This work was hnisned yester
day, and the distance to the im
pounding reservoir is two and one-
half miles. Another survey is eoing
on from the main storage dam site
on Willow Creek for the pipe lines
that will traverse tho immense acre
age to be cultivated, which is esti
mated at thirty miles, finding an out
let in Lower Chino vallev. The di
version dam at Whipple will have a
height of about eight feet above the
surface of Granite creek, and a
width of over 300 feet. At the point
selected natural conditions favor the
construction of a desirable service.
Mr. Thavcr stated yestorday that
before three months actnal construc
tion of the great project will be in
augurated. Various matters, official
and otherwise, are to bo considered
in the meantime, which will not per
mit of carrying out the purposes de
sired until that time.
It will be interesting to learn that!
(From Wednesday's Daily.)
Active road building from Prescott
to the county line north of Ash Fork
woh inaugurated yesterday, Jesse Kel
lam leaving with the county grading
machine, all livestock and a full
camp equipment for Patterson's ranch
which will be the main working base
for a few weeks. D. M. Clark, super-!is
intendent, will leave today in his
auto to direct the work. The route
from Prescott north begins at the
pipe line, west of Jerome Junction,
and runs thence to Puntenney's in
lower Big Chino Valley. From that
point Patterson's ranch is the next
place, and from the latter the route
traverses the mesa over an old pri
vate road to Ash Fork. From Ash
Fork, another old road leads to the
county line, distant about forty miles,
where Coconino county assures the
task of construction to El Tovar
Hotel, on the rim of tho Grand Can
yon. The new route is expected to
be completed within the next six
weeks, when the Grand Canyon will
be within easy distance of any vehi
cle. It is reported that public auto
service will be inaugurated between
Ash Fork and Prescott after the roal
reaches that point, with a schedule
of running time introduced, to ac
commodate travel on the Santa Fe,
either west or east bound.
(From Thursday's Da'lyj
George Whittaker, mining man of
Big Bug, while in the city yesterday
on a brief business visit, stated that
the frost of last week acted in a very
peculiar manner at his place. The
fruit was not disturbed in the least,
but all the vegetables in tho garden
wero nipped and nothing in that line
will be produced. Heretofore the
opposite has been the case. He states
that there arc pending several mining
sales in that district, and he looks
for very prosperous times this year.
Many miners are also at work and
tho general situation is better than
for some time.
Everything in the marfcet Is to be
bad at Birch Bros.' Restaurant and
the company is imbued with the high
jiiuutra ux aaving a recognizee au
thority at tho head of its land re
clamation branch to supervise the cul
tivation of the soil, and has tendered
that important office to Dr. V. T.
Cooke, director of dry farming of
the state of Wyoming, who is In the
city at the present time, the guest of
the Prescott Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Cooke, as yet, has not given pub
licity to his intentions but that ho
may be prevailed upon to tender his
invaluable service for at least one
year is believed. In speaking of the
Arizona Land and Irrigation Com
pany's enterprise after a trip over
the landsjvhe says:
"I know of no irrigation enterprise
in any part of the United States
where climatic conditions, fertility of
the soil, etc., are so nearly ideal as
those obtaining under this project so
near your doors.
"I can see no reason why the fol
lowing erops cannot be successfully
grown on the soils above referred to;
winter wheat, winter rye, spring bar
ley, oats and wheat, emmer, common
ly called speltz, alfalfa and alfalfa
seed, stock beets, potatoes, field peas,
corn, sorghum, Milo maize, Kaffir
corn, etc., and possibly, winter barley
and oats, broom srrass and slender
wheat grass."
During the present week, several
resident of the city have personally
inspected the site where the large
dam is to be constructed. The loca
tion is ideal from an engineering
standpoint, and one of the favorablo
conditions associated with construc
tion work ,will bo the inexhaustible
supply of material available. From a
scenic consideration, the attraction
will be one of the most alluring in
the eountry. Pinnacles will be seen
projecting from the submerged dells,
cosy retreats in sheltered nooks will
dot a large area, and in addition
there will be an open lake of water
that is nowhere to be seen in Arizona
outside of the Roosevelt proposition.
In all the project appeals strongly to
all as one that is not only laudable
in its purposes, but from a land re
clamation standpoint the greatest
ever initiated in the history of Ari
(From Thursday's Dally)
To commemorate the memory of the
late Michael J. Hickey, and as a
tribute to his exemplary citizenship
and generous manhood, a monument
was erected in Mountain View -cemetery
yesterday that is one of the
most imposing and beautiful that has.
ever been received in this city. It
of Colorado granite, highly polish-
ed and of fine grade, with suitable in
scription, as follows:
"M. J. Hickey, born 1833. Died
It was ereeted jointly by Mrs.
Hickey and the Woodmen of the
World, under the supervision of H.
M. Maus, undertaker.
A cross surmounts the monument
of one foot two inches wide, six inches
thiek, and one foot eight inches high.
The die is two feet six inches wide,
one foot thick and three feet high.
The base is three feet two inche
wide, one foot eight inches thick and
one foot four inches high. The total
height is over six feet. Extreme care
was used in transporting it to this
city, and its preparation occupied
several weeks, being pronounced by
the manufacturers as one of the fin
est pieces of workmanship for the
size ever turned out.
(Special to the Journal-Miner)
GLOBE, Ariz., April 18. Keen dis
appointment reigns here tonight in
Odd Fellows circles over the destruc
tion by fire today of the Dreamland
Theater where a grand ball and re
ception wns to bo held in honor of
the visiting delegates to the I. O. O.
F. grand lodge which has been in
session here the last two days. For
tunately no damage was suffered by
any of the delegates but the building
and its contents are a total loss. The
origin of the fire is unknown.
The following grand lodge officers
were elected today: A. A. Ferguson,
grand master; R. S. Longmoor, deputy
grand master; George A. Mintz, grand
secretary; J. M. W. Moore, grand
warden; P. C. Anderson, grand treas
urer; J. A. McClay, W. K. James,
gTand representatives; N. A. Morford,
J. W. Smith and L. E. Rice, grand

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