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VOLUME XIX. County Notes. (From the Holly Chieftain| J• H. Snyder was cheeked in as Santa Fe staiou agent last Friday at this place. Mr. Snyder comes from Dodge City where has been employ ed in the division superintendent’s office for several years. His family will occupy the Petersen propeity on the west side. • • • Mr and Mrs. C. L. McPherson and daughter, Jeanette, left Tuesday night for Pasadena, California where they will spend the winter. The members of the O. E. S. gathered at the Holly Hotel in the evening to entertain the estimable couple until train time and bid them good bye. v / '\ ell, how did your farming oper stions pan out this year?” was asked A. \Y. Baker, the other day as he came into the Chieftain office, pulled out a healthy pocket boo k and pro ceeded to make himself square for another year and also subscribe for a daily and farm paper. “Oh, I didn’t do so bad,” replied Mr. Baker. “I raised 200 tons of sugar beets and was only out sls for hired help, and that was for marketing the crop. As this was my first year at the busi ness I did not select as good beet land as I should. Next year I shall Belect the best beet land I can get for my beets and expect to do better. I am quite well satisfied with my first year’s farming under irriga tion.” From the Granada Times. A. Beavers was down from Lamar yesterday, looking for the head car penter of the Sugar Company. * * * The Beet Sugar Co. is fixing up the residence on their place just west of towo aud are building a new barn tbereon. Frank Townsley, the hustling XY land agent, accompanied by Henry Seggerman, Henry Kalkwarf, Win. Dune aud Frauk Mason, all from Illinois, arrived bet'e, the first of the week, to look over the couutry. They are much pleased with our great country. • • • We are pleased to learn that our old friend, B. F. Rhodes, (better known to our people as “Dad” Khodns,) has boon granted an in crease in pension. This a just and merited recognition of a worthy veteran. Mr. Rhodes has been granted admittance to the Soldier’s Homo at Leavenworth Kansas, and his transportation thereto having ar rived, left for that institution today. He intends to return to this country next March. Success at the Fair. Colorado certainly has no reason to complain over the list of prizes secured for the products of the Cen t<vaial state at the World’s fair. -The list includes sixteen highest grand prizes, 150 gold medals, 384 ailvor medals, 253 bronz medals, or 770 awards in all These awards were given chiefly in the horticultural, agriculturvl and niiniug exhibits, but education, for estry, fish and game were all given well merited recognition. Of coarse, it is only natural that Colorado should have secured high eat awards and gold medals galore for its mining exhibit, which was unquestionably the greatest at the exposition. But the remarkable fact —which ought to be heralded everywhere— is that the state of Colorado, known particularly as a mining state, re ceived no less than 100 gold medols and over 500 other medals for its ag ricultnral and horticultural exbib its. These awards ofTer convincing proof to the groat ness of the Cen tennial state which has been achiev ed through irrigation. They indi cal' also that Colorado is rapidly success as an agricultural commonwealth, as well as for its mining output. There are very few states of the Union which can show better results than those achieved by the Colorado farmers at the World’s fair. The exhibits of fruits aud vegetables and otbei products of the farms received the warmest commendation from all The Lamar Register visitors to the great exposition. Many eyes were opened to what Colorado was doing in this particular field of industry, and we fancy that when the totals of the awards are made known, it will be even more surprising yet Colorado most certainly has won derful wealth. Its greatness will in crease as the deposits of mineral are developed, and even more notable will be the wonderful strides made in agriculture under the beneficence of irrigation.—Colorado Sprsugs Telegraph. To School Boards and Parents. The attention of tbe county super intendent’s office has been called to several failures to comply with the present compulsory education law. With a view of securing a better un derstanding of the law and a more rigid enforcement of its provisions the attention of all school officers, parents and guardians is called to the following items: Tbe law applies to all chil dren between the ages of eight and fourteen in all districts. The age limit extends to sixteen for those that have not complet ed the eighth grade. Children must -be sent to school for the full time school is in session in the district, (12 weeks does not comply with the law). For a child to be exempt from the provisions of this act it is necessary to secure a written permit from the superintendent of the district, if there be one, if not, then from the county superintendent Exemptions may be made for physical or mental disability, or where the child’s help is neces sary for its own or its parents support, or when the child is being sufficiently instructed at home by a qualified person. The penalty for failure of par ents and guardians to comply with tho law is, upon convic tion, a tine of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty dollars. This fine is imposed by the county court. Or the court may require a SIOO bond conditional on compliance with the law within five days. Provision is made for a tru ant officer in second class dis tricts but not in third class. In the absence of a truant officer it is the duty of school boards to see that the law is enforced in their respective districts. We desire the assistance of all school people in enforcing a law that is assuredly for the good of the gov erned. We ere pleased to noto that our schools are well filled and that OmCIJS-L ITE'OJSPAX'EE OF FKO CXEKS G ~ TTITT'S" LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY. COLORADO, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 28, 1904. ATI7E desire to thank the public for the liberal patron age accorded us during the holidays. Our trade surpassed all former seasons, and if anyone left our store dissatisfied it was through no intentional act of ours. To one and all we extend the season’s greetings and wishes for a prosperous New Year. THE UP-TO-DATE DRUG COMPANY POSTOFFICE BUILDING the attendance in the county was never better. This fact, however, by contrast makes prominent the ne glected duty of a few parents to their children. J. A. Roherruoij, County Bnpt. of Schools. A Plea for Our Boys. Men are but grown up boys. If you can determine tbe environments of the boy, you can insure the qual ity of manhood he will possess in mature years. No true parent can be indifferent to this important ques tion “What shall boy?” Every community has this quostion to settle. Some may not even be cognizant of it; then pause a mo meat, and observe our street corners of an evening. Are the things you find there conducive to a broad con caption of life and a sterling man hood ? In order to appreciate the damaging nature of this habit of spending spare moments, consider what is enacted. Cigarrette and ambier decorate the sidewalk while billingsgate embellishes the youth’s already doubtful career. The boy who can tell the hardest yarns is recognized as a leader. The man who so far forgets his manhood and the power of good example in giving aid and comfort to such tendencies by countenancing them and even by example, is looked upon with rever ence and a man to pattern after. Is it then any wonder that parents are anxious and deeply concerned, be cause the boy is a sore disappoint ment? The cause is not bard to find. The question, with its proper solution in a nutshell; keep the boys employed in doing something good and pleasurable. Idleness is the curse of youth, abject failure iu old age is the inevitable roward. Youth then, if normal, must be a judicious mixture of work and pleasure. Keep the boy busy doing something. Make his life positive. Abandon that fatal negative policy which con fronts him with a “don’t do this and don’t do that” at every turn. His interests are not identical with those of grown up people, they are those things that appeal to the boy and not to the man. What shall we do in Las Animas and what can we do? Wo can, if we but try, obtain and equip a suitable room with gymnastic equipment. Indian clubs, dumb bell, etc., a reading room, baths and other things that will go toward making life a real pleasure, insure a healthy, all round development, a clean, moral grown man in the end. Do not blame the boys for standing on the street corners, when this is the only meeting place the}’ have Tho bus ness men have their club, the women haye theirs, the boys are compelled to shift for themselves after the man ner of street gamins, compelled to meet and battle with every damag ing influence possible, with indiffer ent support during tbe struggle. Mothers, fathers, let ns arouse our selves to this crying need: do some thing for our boys, order up such an environment for them they cannot , fail. Let us cherish our boys, they may be but dreamers now, but for the dreams of the young men, where would the old be —Las Animas Leader. Brother Murphy has tbe right idea aud Lamar is in great need of just such a place as he describes. Irrigation No further proof is needed that irrigation has passed beyond tbe ex - perimental stage in this country than tbe recent meeting of tbe irrigation congress in El Paso, Texas. Indeed congress in UK)2, by passing tbe ir rigation act, fully established tbe uatioual policy. All tbe arid and semi arid lands in tbe west that can t>e so treated will be watered as soon as possible. It will ba many years before tbe irrigation works bore will bear com parison with those in India. If the rice lands are excluded, half of the artificially watered area in the world is in India. Tho British have spent more than two and a half times as much on the dams and canals there as has been spent on similar works in tbe United States. Their works in districts not densely populated have greatly increased the cnltivable area. Within a comparatively short time they have reclaimed fifteen hundred thousand acres, and about seventeen million dollars’ worth of crops are grown annually where not a penny’s worth grew before. Large towns have sprung up iu tbe new districts. The irrigation works not only ben efit the people, but yield n revenue to the government. They furnish employment to those who are poor and starving in time of famine, and they also remove the danger of fam ine in tbe future. In one case the British engineers have turned a river. Instead of dashing down a precipit ous nountain slope into the Arabian gulf, it now Hows in tbe opposite direction and enters the Bay of Ben gal, after watering a wide plain. In this country, although there are nearly nine million acres of land irrigated by private enterprise or under state authority—an area which is a little less tnan one fifth of all tbe land in the world that is under irrigation —the works projected by tbe national government, which will ultimately provide water for one aud a half million acres, have as yet add ed little or nothing to the area. — Youth’s Compamou. Kinney’s Friend a Hero. The attention of Andrew Carnegie is called for a few moments from his contemplation of Cbadwickianism to to tbe fact that Rocky Ford bona candidate for one of his “hero med uls.” We will state the facts and submit it to auy tribunal of honor able men if our man is not entitled to the biggest iu Andrew’s ware house. Our candidate, as mentioned iu a recent issue of the Daily Ga zette, came up from La Junta on the noon train one day la*t week, bring ing with him two bottles of whisky -one for himself aud the other for a friend. As narruted in the Ga zette, he dropped one of them on the depot platform, which should be made of feather beds but is of brick, aud tbe contents were lost. It hap pened that it was his own bottle that was destroyed, but so far as bis friend was concerned it might have beeu his. Our hero went to his friend and delivered bis bottle. Not one man in a thousand would have stood that test, aud we submit that this man is a real hero. We pre tend to be as honorable as tho the average (editor) but do not pretend that we would have stood that test, aud when we find a man who will go farther as a friend than ourself there is no question about bis being a hero. Andrew, send that medal to us aud we’ll see that tbe right man gets it.— Rocky Ford Gazette. There is nothing more appropriate for a Christmas present than a nice photo graph. Come early and avoid the rush. Curfew Notice. Beginning Dec. I.oth the lire alarm whistle will each evening at 8 o’clock blow a tingle blast as a curfew notice. By order of the Town Council. C. W. Hkaton. Clk. HOLIDAY SPECIALTIES Cigars Candies The very best and most popular brands Fancy Chocolates, i*lb. boxes in sor io cent sellers. Christmas sizes a Fancy Chocolates, in bulk, specialty. Fancy mixed and broken mixed. Watch our window for display. Apples We have the following varieties left Holly fUld AliStletOe from our last car: Hen IJavis, Missouri Pippin. We wj|| havc M ist |etoe and ever- Paragon, W albndge and Jenneting. All fancy Rreen wrcaths and | oosc . y ou will need pack * some of this for your homes. Nuts Christmas Trees English Walnuts, Pecans, Filbert*, Al monds, Brazils and Chestnuts. Also fancy Northern grown, small and large for mixed. home Or church. FRANZ BROS. Epoch-Making SHOE If you condense the last ten years into paragraphs describing woman's progress, one of these would be “Queen Quality Shoes.’’ They arc worn today by thousands of women who find in them the Exact Duplicate of a Custom-Built Shoe. — the same materials, fit and style, only at less cost. The best expert cannot tell the difference. To all appearances it is a custom shoe to ordered measurements. Try it once Boots $3.00 Oxfords $2.50 Special Styles 50c extra Past Color Eyelets used exclusively Our Queensware Department Is complete and up-to-date. You can find just what you were looking for. Come and see for yourself. Our Prices Are Right CHURCH BROS. 8 Pages NUMBER 29.