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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXX.. LAND ABOUT TAKEN Very Little Land Left in the Lamar Lamar District Subject to Entry The report of the officials of the land office us to vacant land in this land district on the first day of July in each of the past three years is quite interesting as it shows that if all that has been filed on should be proven up there would be scarcely any left in the district for filing purposes. Two years ago there was as much vacant land in Prowers county alone as there now is in the whole district. The en tire amount unfiled on in Prowort county if in a body would only make a little over half a township and fru nish claims for about forty people, while the entire district hus only about twelve townships of lund which has no filing on it. That muny of these claims were taken for specula tion and will not be settled by the parties whose filings are now on them is understood but all of these parties are at work trying to dispose of their holding, and it is not un reasonable to expect that the greater part of them will succeed. Therefor* it is only a question of the percentage that is able to hold on and prove up that will decide as to whether the public land business is to be a thin# of the past in this district in the course of the next few years. The va cant land table is as follows: 1916 1916 1914 Baca 80498 987468 Bent 70,500 228,011 368.706 Cheyenne 1,419 10,195 30,135 Kiowa Las Animas 120,902 262,582 285,698 Lincoln 120 804 3,881 Prowers 13,428 72,925 252,592 291,208 866,830 1,544,925 The Fatal Percentage Now that the Bull Moose and the Elephant are again working in a double team can they outpull the Don key ? Although he landed in the Whitt- House, the Donkey did not carry many votes four years ago. As a donkey driver Woodrow Wilson proved to be the poorest with just one exception in fifty years. Judge Alton B. Parker was the exception. In every other contest, beginning with Lincoln’s re-election, the demo cratic candidate for President polled a greater percentage of all votes cast than did President Wilson. Even Horace Greeley, whom we art accustomed to regard as a pathetic example of a man actually killed by a political Waterloo, was a more popu lar candidate than Woodrow Wilson. The celebrated editor in his fight against General Grant polled forty four out of every one hundred votes cast, while President Wilson received only forty out of every one hundred votes cast. On two occasions Bryan gathered in forty-seven out of every one hundred votes, and the other time he ran for President he got forty three. You will notice that Mr. Bryan as a donkey driver was “more dexterous than Doctor Wilson. Grover Cleve land was a candidate three times, and on each occasion was honored with a larger percentage* of the votes cast than President Wilson. Tilden and Hancock were democrats who were defeated for President, but both of them were far more popular candidates than our present President. Tilden received more than fifty out of every hundred votes cast, and Gen eral Hancock corralled forty-eight. Even General George B. McClellan had forty-four in his contest against Lincoln in 1864. These historic fig ures make the following question per tinent : If the Donkey pulled only forty out of every hundred votes four years ago how many will it pull in 1916 with Mexico on its back? —Girard, in the Philadelphia Ledger. Get Your Blinders It is said to be the heighth of fash ion to display one inch of hose above the boot tops, but it is also said that fashion has decreed then* are greater heights to come. THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY LAMAR, PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO, WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 191 G. Always the North and West The democrats of the lower house of Congress jammed their new reve nue bill through that body the first of the week. As usual the southern majority in the democratic caucus has taken pains to see thut these direct taxes hit direct at the north and west, and the south escapes almost untouched. The first bill two years ago was a starter in this line as the income tax was so arranged that the twelve states composing the solid south paid less than seven per cent of the entire tax. The stamp taxes fell a little heavier on that region so they have been greatly reduced and in their pluce a heavy tax is plac et 1 on the copper mining industry of the west. An uttempt to place a small export tax on cotton was promptly squelched us was also one to give an adequate protection to the American dye factories, but a tax on war munitions—mostly manu factured in the north —was pussed. The south is in the saddle and run ning things with a high hand but her tjme is short, so it is well to give them rope and see just how far they will go with it. Colorado is heavily interested in the copper mining in dustry, but her three democratic con gressmen did nothing to protect the industry—simply submitted to the southern dictation. Another Hay Trick? When the Hay-Chamberlain army reorganization bill was passed the country was told that it phovided for a minimum fighting force of 175,006 men in the regular army, with pro visions for increase without further uction by Congress in case of actual or threatened war to 250,000 to 300,- 000 deemed necessary by all experts. Experienced observers of the pecul iar mental processes of James Ha> pointed out that the contest was not yet fully won; that this bill was mere ly u plan; that Mr. Hay would have u lot to say about whether this paper urmy should become one of living men; that by refusing to bring in a proper appropriation bill Mr. Hay’s 1 military affairs committee might de feat the plan to which Mr. Hay had so reluctantly assented: Those who made such remarks were deemed unduly suspicious and even cynical. But last Friday Mr. Hay re ported to the House an army appro priation bill providing for only 105,- 600 men instead of 175,006, and urged that that be the present limit of mil itary preparedness. On the face of the record it is hard to acquit Mr. Hay and the committee of willful bad faith. Should the party in power consent thus to break in sense the promises which it has made to the ear of the nation it must stand convicted of a tricky repudiation of its legislative and platform promises. Perhaps Mr. Garison understood better than he was credited with do ing the true inwardness of the situ ation when he resigned rather than try longer to get real preparedness out of Mr. Hay and his little army pals - Chicago Herald. A Family Affair Why should the people of any state or county be called upon to pension a crowd of political hacks? The Hon- Charles S. Thomas is a shining ex ample of a public leech.—Pagosa Jour nal. You should be more careful Brother Day* and print facts. Charley Thomas has no relatives or friends on the state and county payroll. In fact, and we speak from our knowledge of thirty-one years residence in Colo rado, he never appointed or secured the appointment of a real friend to office. W r c never asked him for any thing so we were not disappointed. The only appointments he secured while senator was the placing of his entire family on the federal pay roll. You should investigate Brother Day before making reckless charges.— Denver Democrat. ARE YOU PLANTING TREES IN YOUR TOWN? Consider Posterity. Do It Right— Get a Plan—Slate Forester Will Help Every thriving, growing town with any prospects for the future should be wide awake on this matter of street tree planting. Mistakes made now will exceedingly embarrass the town in the future; it is important that these matters be started right. A scheme for planting should be prepared in advance and adhered to. Without a well thought out plan for street planting, the town has little more chance of doing a pleasing job than the man who starts building a house without any kind of an archi tectural plan. The species to plant on a street, whether in single or double rows, the alignment, and the spacing, are among the subjects to be decided upon in advance. Such matters have been giv en little attention in the past, but with increasing wealth and a keener sense of the artistic, street tree plant ing is not being left to the individual property owners in the host governed municipalities. In order to effect un iformity in developing the plans, street tree planting and care is best administered by the municipal authot ities. The State Forester is prepared to offer technical advice to town or city authorities in Colorado.—W. J Morrill, Colorado Agricultural college. Fort Collins, Colorado German Preparedness When it comes to meeting emergen cies those Germans are certainly there with the goods. .Suddenly out of the waters of Chesapeake bay on Sunday there bobbed up a German submarine merchant vessel with a cargo of 750 tons of valuable dyes and chemicals. She expects to return in a few days with crude rubber and nickle badly needed by the German munition fac -1 tones. This is the first time the At * lantic ocean has been crossed by a submarine and the first time one has been used as a merchant craft for any considerable cargo. Some idea of the size of the job undertaken can be obtained when it is known that she hail to pass through or under hund reds of hostile vessels and her cargo was considerably larger than that of an average railroad train. Besides this she had to carry oil to run her engines two weeks in order to Is* safe, as it requires more power when running submerged. At the price the dyes are now selling the one cargo will about pay for the trip and the cost of the vessel. News Letter Denver, Colo., July s.—“ Any person, public utility or corporation, or any person acting as an officer, agent or employe of a corporation or utility, who furnishes or accepts free or re duced transportation over or upon any line of railway of any public utility operating within the state of Colo rado, in violation of sub-division A of Section 17 of the Public Utilities Uw of the State of Colorado, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine not ex ceeding SI,OOO. or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both fine and imprisonment. The above is a quotation from a general order issued today by the State Public Utility Commission, fol lowing complaints that the anti-pass provision of the law is being violated. In addition, the order states that any person violating the order shall be decried in contempt of the Commis sion and be punished in the same man ner to the same extent as contempt is punished by courts of record. The necessity for this order arose largely through the practice of clerks, laborers, etc., securing transportation from railroad companies, either per sonally or through employment agen cies, upon representations that they were about to enter the employ of a common carrier at some point, and then, upon arrival at destination, re fuse or fail to enter the employment of that carrier. Reporting Her Troubles One of our subscribers in a nearby town hud not had his telephone very long, and every one < f the family took a deep and abiding interest in it. On the outside of the directory they had noticed the wording: "Report trou ble to the chief operator, No. 600.” It had been a hard morning. Finally, the* lady of the house, in desperation, turned to the trusty telephone and called No. 600. "This is the chief operator,’’ ans wered the chief, sweetly. "Is this where you report your trou ble?” asked the lady. "Yes, ma'am.” “Well, I only wanted to report that our cat got drowned in the cistern this morning; the baby’s cutting a new tooth; the cook left without warn ing; we arc out of sugar and starch; the stove pipe fell down; the milkmun left only one pint instead o* a quart today; the bread won’t rise; my oldest child is coining down with the meas les;; we have only enough coal to last through the day; the paint gave out when I got only half way over the dining room floor; the main spring of the clock is broken; my three sisters-in-law are coming to vis it tomorrow; the man hasn’t railed for the garbage for two weeks; our dog has the mange; the looking glass fell off the wall and broke to pieces, and I think my husband is taking con siderable notice of a widow lady that lives next door. That’s all today, but if anything happens later I will eall you up and tell you about it.”—Hia wathu (Kan.) World. Noah Beilharz Edward Eggleston: Oh, no we do not mean the great writer of the great "Hoosier Schoolmaster” will ap pear on the platform, but we do mean that Edward Eggleston’s masterpiece will he enacted on the chautauqua platform by Noah Beilhurz. Hunt up your "Hoosier Schoolmaster” and re fresh your mind of its plot. Or you do not have to do that unless you w*ant to for Mr. Hqilharz gives the play so completely thut the book will come gradually back to your memory us he plays it. Mr. Beilharz gives Eggleston’s "The End of the World” too; a book not so well known, hut for that rea;.on the more desirable, perhaps. Another of his plays is the delightful “A Pair of Spectacles.” He is among the ten greatest successes on the entire list of chautauqua*. That is the reason he was chosen for the* all-star in our chautauqua for this season. Manager’s Announcement I desire to make announcement of the producing rights of the great American drama, "The Melting Pot,” for chautauqua audiences this season. No play ever presented for the chautauqua hus had such a strong cast of players. The parts in this play require the services of the most accomplished and experienced actors. Nearly all of the players engaged for this tour have played the same parts during the long runs of this play in the larger cities. There are ten players in the cast. “The Melting Pot” is a great drama with an interesting story, but it is vastly more than an entertaining pro duction. Mr. Zangwill symbolizes our land as the melting pot of the world. Into this crucible, beneath which burn the fires of our political ami social philosophy, refugees from all parts of the earth, men and women oppressed by the arbitrary dictum of crime and religion, are poured, to be fused and amalgamated into the sterling gold of a broader, nobler humanity and u self-governed nation. It is a sound philosopyh and appeals to every pat riotic American citizen. "The Melting Pot” has proven to be more than the favorite play of the time and it had its great run in the cities; it is being called "The Great American Play,” and it will live. I want to urge this whole commun ity to see it. CHARLES F. HORNER. TRY DIPLOMACY President Wilson’s Policy Suggested to Tom Supenor Tom Supenor is still languishing in the Otero county bastile awaiting the arrival of some kindly disposed and sympathetic mortal who will sign a $2,000 bond and give him his liberty once more. He has already forfeited a SSOO bond in the way of a certified check which he put up several months ago to keep the peace, and a few more would not work any great hard ship. Unless he secures the neces sary bond he will spend the rest of the summer in jail, and that will be punishment enough to fit any old crime, if it keeps on being as hot as it has been. In order to pass the time away we respectfully suggest that Tom write a note or two to the sheriff and make a disavowal of the crime of which he is charged. If he really did not Intend to inflict bodily harm upon the man whom he slashed with a knife at Rocky Ford a week or ten days ago. and would make a disavowal of such an intent, it might be alright with the sheriff, the judge —maybe, of course we ure not sure about it. We only know that this scheme works In some official circles, but we are not ad vised as to how it would work in officials circles in Otero county. When ever Germany or Mexico kills off a few American citizens, our chief pac ifier writes ’em a note to find out whether they really mrant it or not, lH*fore he does anything about it. If they disavow intent to do great bodily injury or mental affliction, why it is alright, and they are allowed to go on their way, rejoicing at their nar row escape—and then to do it again »f they feel like it. Making a dis avowal is the easiest thing In the world, and it works so beautifully in some parts of the world that It is at least worth giving a tryout in Otero county.— Junta Tribune. $300,000,000 A YEAR WASTED BY WEEDS Put Down Yield of C rops, Cheapen their Value and Value of Isind According to the United States De partment of Agriculture, the annual waste due to weeds is estimated at $300,000,000 for the whole United States. In certain states where di versified farming is the exception and not the rule, the waste is said to ap proximate $40,000,000 a year. What the waste is in Colorado cannot be ac curately estimated but i' is undoubt edly true that considerable waste oc curs. In the intensively cultivated sections the waste is not very large because of the clean culture needed for certain crops. In sections where grain crops are very popular, the waste is quite large. The principal ways in which weeds affect farming are through direct damage to the crop, cutting down the yield, cheapening the product, and lowering the value of land.—J. D. Marshall, Colorado Agricultural col lege, Fort Collins, Colo. Use ’Em the Same Some of the boys of Company D wrote Bobby McGrath a letter last week from camp. It was written on a long strip of narrow manila paper perforated every few inches. They said they had their choice of Carna tion and Peerless brands of station ery. It looks as if our president might be using the same brands judg ing from the way foreign govern ments use his notes. Our New Commander-In-Chief Agreeable to the orders issued re cently by Carranza the troops under General Pershing are moving north ward and are now reported to be with in sixty miles of the American bor der. It is evident the incident is about over for everybody except the twenty odd thousands of boys taken from the eastern cities and placed down on the Mexican bonier to enjoy a summer outing in that region of sagebrush, sand and cooling zephyrs. NO. 6.