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The Canon City Record.
VOL. XXXIL FAVORS BUT ONE TICKET IN MUNICIPAL CAMPAIGN Public Meeting Held Sa arday Night to Dwscoss Matters Pertaining to Forthcoming City Election Advocates the Nomination of Bat One Set of Cannidates to be Voted trot On April Sixth A large caucus of representative citizens was held Saturday night to discuss city election matters. The ma jority present were of the old Tax payers” party. The meeting was pre sided over by J. H. Maupin, and E. A. Bradbury acted as secretary. While the meeting was undoubtedly called by those who favor restoring ; the license system. It soon became ap parent that the majority present were satisfied with the present condition of affairs and even If not satisfied some were of the opinion that no ticket pledged to saloon licenses would stand a ghost of a show in this city at the coming election. A large number of addresses were made; all of tb* speakers ex pressing the belief that the welfare of the community could best be subserv ed by the elimination of party differ ences and by the submerging of indi vidual preferences and prejudices In the general good. It was the unanimous opinion of those who constituted the gathering that It would be better for all concern ed In the outcome of the city election to have but one ticket In the field and that a set of candidates of acknowled ged administrative ability be nomina ted on a broad, conservative, business platform by the people at large. In stead of the usual rival candidates of the •‘Taxpayers" and "Reform” par > daa. 1 It Is understood that the majority of those who have been Identified In the paat with the licensing of saloons In this city are willing to abandon the^ party name of "Tawpiiyfers” and the Isatie for which It has stood. They are this year, at least, willing to forgo the tenets that have previously bound them together and support such can- j didates for office ns promise the great- j est good to the community. The meet- ! Ing held on last Saturday night went on record as favoring a ticket ; that would give *hc city the best busi ness administration. Irresp ctlve of ; the views held by those who com posed it cn «h" license proposition. Although it was not so stated by the speakers at the meeting on Satur day night I* was apparent that they realized that no ticket, however merit- TWO IMPORTANT CONTRACTS AWARDED TUESDAY MORNING From Tuesday’s Daily. Two contracts of more than ordin ary interest to the readers of the Daily Record were let by the Beaver Land * Irrigation company at Its Florence office this morning. One of them twas tc J. A. McDowell of Pu eblo for the construction of the grade -And roadbed of the proposed railway ■ from Beaver to Penrose, which must ha completed In sixty days, and the other was to Arthur 8. Bent of lxrs Angeles. California, for the manufac ture and ins’allntlon of thirty-six Smiles of concrete pipe. Messrs. McDowell and Ben-t were required to give bond In the sum of IB.OOfi each for the faithful perform ance of their work and its completion within the time stipulated in the con tras' Mr. McDowell is now In Pueblo arranging to enter construction work, j which will be begun next week with a , lirge force of men and will be prose- j fitted as rapidly ns circumstances will permit. tt- Bent Is requtred by the award j to manufacture the cement pipe at the j / company's plant on Beaver Park and j to carry It on with as much diligence nnd dispatch as possible. The contract j according to Mr. Bent, la the biggest of tho kind ever given In the United Slates and will require the services of a large number of men tor a period of eight of nine months He Is planning to begin work In the oourse of tea days or two weeks, and. as far as pos sible, will give preference to local people In the empolymeut of labor. Mr. Bent ban. probably, manufac tured aad laid mors concrete pipe tor purposes than anybody alae rip tha country and la an nckaowl * adged aathor'tr upon the aubjeot. Ha la widely knt -n la California aad oth ar HaaUto onset states where he haa hat f mars or laaa Intimately as social * riouw in itß personnel. could possibly be elected in this city in the present state of public feeling on the saloon question, and. it was equally plain that they were desirous of making the most of the situation by an advantage on** agreement with the advocates of the •‘Reform" or anti-license party. It was intimated that in the event of a failure to reach an understanding w»'h the "Reform* people that the friends of the former "Tax Payers" party, so called, would also put a "dry ticket in the field for mayor and aldermen in the several wards of the city. In Saturday nights meeting were a considerable number of gentlemen who lean towards the policy of pro hibition indeed, several of them have been more or less prominent in the movement for the abolition of the open saloon In this city. T 1 ' rank and file, however, as has already been stated, have affiliated with those who believe In high Ileuses as the only solution of the troubles that grow out of the whisky traffic The radi cal. or extreme, element was con spicuous by its absence. In view of the unanimity of the meeting for the nomination of a strong business men's ticket to be voted for at the spring election a motion was ’ adopted instructing the chairman to appoint a committee of eight mem bers. two from each ward, and confer with the eaders of the "Reform" Varty i for the purpose of ascertaining whoth i er or not the anti-saloon people were • ! willing to Join the friends of the r "^“ra*payers" party in the selotiou of • a list of candidates for city offices In (lease no agreement can be reached two I I "dry" tickets may be placed In the j field. i t'nder the provisions of The motion. ' which was unanimously adopted. Gen. Maupin appointed the following con ference committee: Cbas R McLain, 'chairman; Dr Otis Orendorff. DeM ’! rick N. Cooper. T B Coulter. F E Thomas. W. H Doxler E M Collins, and Richard Houle. The committee entered upon its i labors this morning and will report ■ ! at a (Hibllc meeting to be held in the • course of the next few days. ed with *ll the principal irrigation enterprises The expenditure of the many thousands of dollars which these great undertakings will necessi tate will be of material benefit to the people of Canon City and of Fremont county as a considerable part of It will find Its way Into the tills of our merchants and business men. REGULAR MEETING OF WOMAN'S CLUB TUESDAY Tin* tejcul* of th*» ‘"'anon City Woman’s o’.ub wn* held at KHkt hall Tt.ru !ay afternoon The lesson rn “The Restoration,** waa led by Mn ' J. N ’ :cht An ;nt'»rA* , ir.K paper . a “The eae cf :h-‘ School Girl nnd tfce . Infiuf - « jf ‘a WTin Prop* c.rly' A?'- n ;h Min’s of Younjfi People v. ;s retd by Mr* M S Kay-, nclda tvi‘a:ton from the Pro club vai i ■ plod to ntv its mentb-': at E.ks hall Saturday afternoon. twelfth, r.t 3 o’clock MOVED HERE FROM VICTOR TO MAKE THEIR HOME Mr. >nd Mr* John Walt*. I*t* of Victor, have mond to Canon City with the Intention of maktac their home here. Mr. Waite bee leaned the opera house barber'shop and will take pos session of the property at once. A new piste clans front will be put into the shop and other chances made that will make It an attractive and ap to data establishment. Mrs. Wn'.u la ■ sister of X. W. Thomas of the post oflos clerical fares. CANON CITY. COLORADO. fHURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1909. “NOTICE To SLOOKHOLOERS" If a banking institution went about selecting its officers as a city does it certainly wouldn’t long command the confidence of ev/en its own stockhold ers. And after all are they—the city and the bank—not a great deal alike? The city of Canon City for instance has assessed assets of something over | a million dollars with liabilities ap proximating a half million dollars. All the lax payerj are the stock holders n the institution and no stock holder in any banking institution should guard his interests more close ly or take a keener interest in the wel- t fare of the institution than should a taxpayer in his municipal corporation. The most delicate thing about a bank is the selection of its officers and many a bank has gone under because of the unfaithfulness or incompetency of its chief officers. Dishonesty is not, however, the only thing that wrecks banks or retards their progress. Bad Judgment is more often the cause. In city affairs, dishonesty is not the only thing to guard against—although that is very Important. Bad judgment has cost cities more money than dis honesty. In the city affairs the mayor com pares closely to the active working president or managing cashier, assist ant cashier or tellers of the bank. The work is divided between the city clerk and treasurer. The aldermen are the directors of the city-bank. | The city clerk and city treasurer i should be competent men. but their! . work Is detailed work and being fair | accountants and good bookkeepers. | they cannot go far wrong. The really important places in the | city administration are those of mayor ! and councilman. ' There are other important officers. | such as attorney, marshal, water sup - erintendent,etc.. but these are appolnt ! **d bv the councllmen and are good or bad according to the judgment of the ■ councllmen In making such selections. So the vital point for the voter— I stockholder to consider is the selec COUNTY URGED TO BUILD SHORT ROAD T ROYAL GORGE MERCHANTS AOTI'T OHO‘WP EE PRESENTED PETITION TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO THAT EFFECT ON TUESDAY MORNING More ‘han Foar Hundrc-I Taxpayers Living in Canon, Flo ence and the Country Districts Ask that the High w *y be Cons tucud at the Public Expense A citizens commltte representing the Canon City Merchant's Associa tion. the Canon City Automobile Club, the Civic Improvement League, the Fremont Horticultural Society, the Friends in Council and other businees and industrial organizations filed a petition with the board of county com missioners Tuesday morning asking that an appropriation of money from the general fund, estimated a *2.500. be maue for the construction of a public highway from a point near Three Mile Spring, on the Falrplav road, to tie top of the Royal (Jorge. The petition contained the names of more than four hundred ant fifty property owners, among them being many of the heaviest tux payers of Fremont county. The pe'ltirn met with a very generous response whpre ever presented, no less so In F'orence am e ear'ern p-rtl oft the county ibai ''anon dry n>n l.t he terri tory contiguous to th* proposed road: showing *hut 'he movement for the con'er Mated Inmpioeeanent ta one In which everybody la concerned. As fat ns could he the petition was presented to business and profession al men. and hos* representing the financial and lande* interests of the countv and everywhere it received a hearty endorsement;. nobody ques tioning Its wisdom or refusing to sign It. Appended to the petition were the signatures of nearly two hundred ettliens of Florence, thy majority of whom are very lnthnslaetlc for the eoastrutrioa of the proposed roadway •t the puhUe expenea The petition wss laid before the eonunMoaera W Secretary Roes of the Oaaoa Otty March set's fiaaacta ttoo aad a aaaahar of atrea* talks WEEKLY tion >f his councilmen-directors and the i iayor-presldent of his city insti tutio An Uthls eubject is ten times more impo mnt —a hundred times more im ports at than many people think. There is so much depending on the action of the < ty council. In i'stockholders meeting of a bank the resident is not selected on his popuarlty, because he is a likable fella r and never did anything in his life 1) bring upon himself or to make an e emy. Th president or cashier of a bank is sel >Cted on account of his business judgnant, absolute integrity, and bus iness tact. In 1 ur own town there is something more at stake than a sentiment or a princ »1 —however great that may be. Th« re is some business —a lot of busin n to be taken care of and It needs the brightest business minds in th« town to do It successfully. In oosldering this question of Mayo and Councilmen. let os con sider ourselves stockholders in the instit tlon to the extent of the prop erty re own. and let us apply these tests In weighing the qualifications of th suggested candidates for nomi natioi. Fir t-, if you please—Does he repre sent «r principles honestly? Sec >nd —and not a bit less impor tant ban the first —would w© select him ;>r the president or director of a mil ion dollar institution in which we h< d stock? Th« time to put these tests Is be fore he nominations are made. A ticket put up by the Reform party of i ©rough. wide-awake business men i lonld havs a "walk-away” at the Sprin election. But the men on this ticket this year will i id shonld be measured by the busin< is standard and compared to the m« oo the other ticket more care fully taac even before at any city elec tion. The "stockholders” are becoming In terested In the business side of the city Institution were made by members of the com mittee in its support. the cogency of which can hardly have failed to have had its effect. The commissioners ex tended a courteous reception to the vlfl'ors and gave a careful hearing to what they had to say. but stated that ! they were unable to give definite premise of wha: action they would take until they had made personal In vestigation of the feasibility of the highway they were asked to build. They expressed their willingness to make an .nepection of the route re coir.mended by the county surveyor at the practicable moment, and upen its result, determine their course of action The road which the petitioners de sire to have constructed ha.> been located and plated by the county sur veyor and is in all respects inex pensive and practical proposition. The blue prints of the surveyor show that an excellent public highway to the top cf the Royal Gorge can be constructed without a large expendi ture of money or labor, thereby ob- I •Ja*ing the features ot! he present road. circuitous, indi- j -ect, incomplete, ami. in places, un safe for travel. The contemplated j highway can be constructed on an easy, uniform grade, and if completed, would greatly shorten the distance from Cam n City to Parkdale. at the aame time make the top of the famous Royal Gorge easily accessible to all parts of the county, and would, when tllnlshnd. become a part of a direct public highway traversing the Arkansan valley. The road. It In stated by Its advo cates, can be bntlt under the provis ions of the Uvh law. panned at n G. R. TANNER CHOSEN MAYOR TO FILL OUT UNEXPERIED TERM OF FORMER MAYOR SEELY City Council Concurs in the Annual Appropriation Budget: Awards Contract to Messrs Lamsden Sc Gordon for Cementing Waterworks Settling Basin; Adopts Ordi nance Providing for Issuance of $ J 00,000 More Mu nicipal Bonds; Selects Judges for Forthcoming Election and Transacts Other Important Business. The meeting of the city council Monday night was in many respects one of the most important, as fell as one of the longest in the history of the present municipal administration, transacting an unusual amount of business and remaining in session nearly four hours. In addition to the ordinary, routine work incident to the meeting of such a body, there were several matters of moment to be con sidered in connection with the close of the fiscal year, all of which re quired careful, thoughtful delibera tion. The resignation of A. H. Seely as mayor was read and G. R- Tanner was elected as his successor for the term ending April 6th of the present year. It was Mr. Seely’s original in tention to have remained at the head of the city government until the close of the term for which he was elected, but having moved his family and household effects to Denver he was appraised by the city attorney that he no longer had a legal residence here, and. therefore, had alienated his con stitutional right to continue longer in office. In view of that interpreta tion of the law he presented his resig nation. which was accepted and G. , R. Tanner and T. B. Coulter nomi nated for the vacant position. The first vallot showed four votes for Mr. , Tanner and three votes for Mr. Coul | ter. which under the prevailing rules, i was insufficient to elect. On another ballot being taken Mr. Tanner re ! ceived five votes and was declared to be the choice of the council. The annual budget as prepared by the finance committee was presented, i and on motion. adopted without chance. It carries with it an appro priation of $30,000 for current muni 1 cipal expenses for the year ending April 1st. 1910. which is $6,500 less than the amount appropriated by the council twelve months ago. There will be. however, a surplus of approxi mately $4,000 left over from this year, which will be available for use dur ing the next administration. It has i been formally agreed that the i amounts te be set apart for the var ious departments of thee ity govern 1 rnent for the next year shall be as follows: Streets. $7,500; salaries. .'$3,000: Are. $3,500; ditch. $2,100. in | terest. $1,800; lighting. $5,600; li brary. $1,500; health. $1,200; police. $2,300; miscellaneous. $1,500. 1 On motion of Alderman Pressey the appropriation ordinance was adopted previous session of the legislature, and the county commissioners were requested by the petitioners to make requisition ou the warden of the Colo rado* state penitentiary for as many convicts as may be available for such j purpose* and proceed with the con struction of the roadway in question ■ at once. The proposed enterprise commends j itself to the people of Florence and eastern part of the county bet. in ► i will enable thorn to drive to tht ' p jof n-' Royal dorse, one of the j v 1 nt scenic attrar ions in th»* j I'n.. dates. and e urn home the same tav. With easier *v a -of sei t'n«t there the r. *>• h* Royal t.?oryc woa d be.x>nte tne c f * v : •r.'ate't p*c ; uic resorts n he s'aiir A!’ ct‘ the : er.g'r.eering deta!!.« cf under* ak i lng hive been carefully worked on* , and its cost approx.rr.ately ascertain 1 e-i “hat It will be built, on the lines ; ! proposed and incorporated into the I rub' highway sytem of »he .ounty l seems to admit oj but littl® d. ?ts | rea.tration will be xna&nmen'Rl | enterprise and rubllc spirited - vs I the people of Fremont county and v!;; attract annually scores of * and other visitors to this sectio , r the stats. In agreement with thel- promise o the committee on Tuesday the com missioners left here this nx ruing for a trip over the route of the propos- ! ed road. sad. upon the result of their I inspection, will authorise, or refuse, sa appropriation as the case may be tor Us construction. The commis sioners are W. H. La Orange. 8. O. NO. 7 and ordered published as required by law. An ordinance authorizing the city to issue interest bearing bonds, ma turing in 1923, in the sum of SIOO,OOO on account of the waterworks con struction fund was adopted and or dered published in acordance with the statutes of Colorado. These bonds were sold several months ago and will bear interest from October Ist. 1908. It is specific ally stated in the ordinance that the money realized from the sale of these bonds shall be devoted to the con struction of a public waterworks sys tem for household, domestic and ir rigation purposes. The bonds are in all respects similar to the series is sued last summer on which the city borrowed $225,000. Chief Engineer O'Brien of the wat erworks system was present at Mon day night’s meeting of the council, and for the information of its mem bers. stated that construction work was proceeding very satisfactorily at the present time, more rapidly, in fact, than at any previous period since the work was begun. The In take and dam in the Royal Gorge, ac cording to Mr. O'Brien, are practical ly completed and the pipe line is laid to a point about a mile this side of the Hanging bridge. Only about five hundred feet ot trenching remains to be done between the headgate and Gorge station and It will be possible to let the water into the finished sec tion of the pipe m the courts of a few days. In Mr O'Brien s opinion the con tractors will get the pipe line across the river and upon the grade of the old state ditch n about sixty dsys if the present rate of progress is Main tained The excavation in the reser voir and settling basins above Ken leys gardens will soon be finished and the work of cementing them ro prevent leakage of water will begin in the course of a few weeks. Mr. O'Brien reported that he had received a number of communications from the officials of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad company iu re.v 'ti to the removal of a quantity of rock that had fallen into the river at a p«iint above the Hanging bridge as the result of the blasting necessary to the construction of the pipe line trench and he recommended that the council take some steps to comply with the company's request The rock Continued on Page Eight. Kelso and W. R. Allred. Tnv.s»« who accompanied them were: Frank P. Smith. C A. Biggs. Dr. Hart Goodloe. Chas. K. Mcl.ain. W. B. Rowland. Guy U. Hardy. Chas. 1.. Mitton and Chas. K. Reeves. The party will proceed to the top of the Royal Gorge, where luncheon will be eaten: gc*-g later to Parkdale from which place the re turn will be made to th s cPy ENTERED UPON OFFIGIAL DUTIES THIS MORNING Mrs. Catherine B Bell vas >ll Mon day appointed to the chief cl«u t of the Land and Register Board in Denver and entered upon her . Jlc.al duties 'here this morning. 'Hie posi ; tion is an enviable one in ali respects, and the friends of the recipient con gra'- :• her upon its acquisition. Th- .pt ated salary is $1,500 & year. 1 v »it • are certain fees an.! emolu- with the -ifflce - double that amount M\ s .* 1 will move her family to Den -er nortly and will make her ho* * in that city during her tenure of office. She will continue as pro prietress of the Canon City Cannon and will in the future, as in the pent, dictate its policy, although Its busi ness management will be In the hands of L R Ufford. T. Witcher of Ontopnat was a M aess vhlhr la Chat CRjr <a FrWay.