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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXVII. The Rangers WHO PAYS? WHO BENEFITS? Do you want to know the facts about the Rangers and the armories which Mr. Sweet and some others are talking so much about? Do you think the school fund is being used to pay the Rangers? Do you, who are opposed to the Rangers, know the facts? Here, in brief, is the story: Colorado Rangers and Armories are paid for and built from the National Defense Bond Issue, series of 1917. THE MONEY COMES, NOT FROM THE AVERAGE TAXPAY ER, BUT FROM A FLAT CORPORATION TAX ON DO MESTIC AND FOREIGN CORPORATIONS. NOT A NICKLE OF TAX OTHER THAN ON COR PORATIONS IS USED by the Rangers or for building Arm ories. The $200,000 emergency fund voted the Governor in 1921 also came from this fund. With it the Pueblo flood disaster was handled, and extra Rangers used at different times during the Coal and Railroad strikes were paid from this fund. There was at no time Rangers exceeding 150 in num ber, and that was only during a period of about a month during the critical stage of the Coal strike in parts of No vember and December, 1921. Since April 1, 1921, with two Strikes on. there was used not to exceed 60 Rangers including the regular force. Since October 1, a force of fifty men has been used. There are now 53 men including superintendent, deputy superin tendent and secretary, and of this number FIFTY are EX SERVICE MEN. Three are old police officers. The Ranger forte is absolutely non-political and recruit ed from all over the state. Seventy-five men have been dis charged from the force from time to time as not being qualified or men not coming up to the required standard. So the foi*ce, it will be seen, is small. The work it has performed has kept down riots in strike times. THE AVERAGE TAXPAYER DOES NOT PAY THE BILL. THE MONEY COMES FROM THE DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN CORPORATIONS. GORDON CLUB Enthukiaittic Prowers County Friend* Organize a “Gordon for Attor ney General Club.” A large gathering of the friends of Hon. Willard B. Gordon irrespective of politico met at the Ben-Mar hotel last Monday evening and organized a ‘‘Gordon for Attorney General Club.” The object of the organization is sole ly to boost among their friends thru out the state his candidacy for the high office for which he was nominat ed. The fact that such a large gather ing made up almost as largely of men of the opposite party as of his own would turn out and show’ the enthus iasm exhibited at this meeting gives some ’.dea of the high standing both professionally and personally of Mr. Gordon in his own home community. The meeting was composed of many of the leading business men of Prowers county and organized by electing F. M. Wilson as chairman and Chas. San ders as secretary. Committees were appointed and plans mapped out which will carry his campaign to every corn er of the state. The Arkansas valley has had little representation hereto fore in the state government and there should be no question of his election. He is backed by bar associations, the business men, the farmers who are deeply interested in the water suits be ing carried on by the state, and the American Legion. He is an ex-serv icc man who forced his way into the army because he refused to stay at home and saw several months of hard service as a private soldier on the front in France. All citizens of I-a mar should help in the cause by writ ing their friends in other parts of the state to vote especially and ask others to vote for Willard B. Gordon for at torney general. Some Difference. The Sparks has suddenly discovered that it is terrible deprivation for it not to have a democratic representa tive on the board of commissioners. Funny that they went through a num ber of years with a full democratic board and never thought the republi cans ought to be represented. IHE PIONEER NEWSPAPER Of PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY. COLORADO. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1922. SUCCESSFUL TRIP Senator Agnea Kiddle Make* a Cam paign Tour of Prowers, Itent, Baca and Kiowa Counties. A series of meetings held in this and adjoining counties last week by Senator Agnes Riddle was a success in the* highest sense of the worth She drew good crowds everywhere and mude a series of interesting talks di rected especially to far rs and was enthusiastically received all along the line. Being an experienced and suc cssful farmer herself and one of the original Colorado organizers of the Non-Partisan league, Mrs. Riddle can speak direct on the main issues of the day with a greater understanding than any other of the speakers now before the voters . She entered the leugue in gcod faith believing it was organized to benefit the farmers and was ap pointed on the executive committee. When she found that the sl6 fees col lected from all the farme rs was going over her protest into the pockets of the Townley ring at Minneapolis in stead of being used for beneficial pur poses here at home she quit, and she everywhere made it plain to her audi ences that the $480,000 thus sent out of the state would have built a lot of warehouses without causing any in crease in the tax levy at all. The Senator handles her subject ably and with the force and clearness of ex perience along the lines of the cam paign and she made a splendid im pression wherever she went. She was in Wiley Tuesday night of last week,. at Umar for a big meeting at the high school auditorium on Wednesday night, and then at Granada, Bristol, Hartman and Holly on Thursday. She then went to Baca county and held meetings at Two Buttes , Stonington and Springfield. On her return from there she went to Kiowa county and spent several days there and in Crow ley county. Next week the campaign will reach its climax when Benjamin Griffith, the republican candidate for governor, will be here on Thursday to address the voters. Mrs. W. G. Brown returned last week from a short visit to lows. HOW DO THEY GET THAT WAY Democrats and Their Organ Hard Up for an Issue Resort to Old Stuff. It is funny to read in the Sparks that the democrats are opposed to ! long terms in office now that they art* ' mostly out, and you would think the organization was so anxoius to pas. things around that they would not wait for even an efficient officer to hold his term out. And only think this same democratic county organization is run by the Grand High President of the office holders* union. Chairman Syp b* gan holding office so far hack that the mind gets lost in the mazes of pneient history when it tries to locate the beginning and it is a cinch that only death will break his grip. Their state ticket has on it such candidates as W. A. Hill, who began holding pub lic office when Fountain creek wus a bump on Pikes Peak, and Mary C. C. Bradford, who when the state govern ment was organized was found sitting on the superintendent's job and has only been pried loose for a breathing spell once or twice. Then there is Jimmy Noland who thinks he owns the secretary of state job. Coming down tc. local ticket there is J. S. McClung who has been either holding office or running for it ever since the county was started. It has just got to be a habit. The Sparks makes a groat cry because John A. Simpson has been sheriff long enough to prove himself the best officer in this end of the state but says nothing about his opponent, I.on Beavers, who has held public of fice almost twice as long as Johnny, and has only been out long enough to get a nomination. The Register has never been opposed to competent of ficials holding office for a consider able term as the people get the bene fit of increased efficiency. The editor of the Sparks knows, however, that as many third and fourth termers have been elected by the democrats in Prowers county ap by the republicans, and Its opposition is based on politics only. The long termers both republi cans and democrats have held because they have given the people faithful service and it has been appreciated. CITY TAX LEVY Reduction of a Little Over One. Third in City Levy Is Good News. The city aldermen have published an ordinance fixing the rate of tax levy .'or the year 1922, which will be col lected next year. The levy for 1921 collected this year was 23 mills and .he year before was 25 mills. The rate this year is fixed at 15 mills, a reduction of 8 mills or a little over one-third. This means a reduction of $8 on each thousand dollars valua tion for residents of and is the most considerable drop in tuxes re corded for years. The city is enabled to do this without crippling any of its funds because the water works and electric light plant are now self sup porting and are able to carry the in terest on their bonds which have here tofore been paid out of the funds rais ed by taxation. It means a difference of nearly $20,000 to the taxpayers of the city of Umar and it Ls hoped the other taxing bodies may find away tc add to the saving. Anyway this is the best news the taxpayers have re ceived for some years. P. E. O. Ladies Entertain. The ladies of the P. E. O. entertain ed their husbands at a Monte Carlo Whist party at the home of Mrs. Geo. B. Merrill on Tuesday evening of this week. The hostesses for the evening were Mrs. Louclla Strain, Mrs. R. L. Christy. Mrs. Rae Denning, Mrs. Har ry Nevius and Mrs. Merrill. They had decorated the home in hall owe *en designs and figures and the occasion proved a most delightful evening for all present. Dr. C. T. Knuckey left last Friday for New Orleans where he is this week attending the big reunion of the American Legion. Are You Registered YOU MUST BE IF YOU VOTE! Registration is now being made in the Lamar precincts Nos. 1, 4 and B—the corporation limits, and will last most of this week. Voters can go in person to the court house or be registered by a personal representative who lives in the .same house. After this week voters in the city can only be registered by going before the county clerk with two registered voters to vouch for them. The time for this is up on Friday, November 3. Better see at once if your name is one the list for your precinct. If you are already registered but have changed your residence to another pre cinct you must go before the board and have the change in precinct made. Voters in Lamur precincts Nos. 14 and 15, and all other precincts in the county must register next Tuesday, October 23, when the registration boards of the various precincts will take the names of all qualified electors not on the list and register them. If you fail to get your name on then only one more chance will be offered and that is Monday, November 6. Remember if you put it off until then you must take two registered voters to vouch for you. It is important to see that you are registered as this cannot be corrected on election day. If your name is not on the list before that day you cannot vote. CORN THE FAVORITE More Colorado Karmen* Now Raise Corn Than Any Other Crop. Corr. still is the most popular crop in Colorado, more farmers raising corn than any other single crop grown in the »tate. Reports of county asses. - or.* to the State Immigration Depart ment show 28.218 farmers growing corn, compared with 28,091 last year. Wheat ranks second in popularity, there being 26,275 farmers reported a: growing the crop. The number growing winter wheat wan 16,092, while 14.961 reported spring wheat. Since a good many farmers grow both winter and spring wheat, the total number growing wheat is considerably less than the sum of those reporting vrfnter and spring wheat. While more farmers raise corn than any other crop, the toial ucrcage de voted to wheat is much Inrger than that devoted to corn, being 27.16 p**r cent of th»- total acreage under culti vation. Assessors this year reported 1,981,652 acres of wheat, of which 1,- 551,825 acres was winter wheal and 429,827 acres spring wheat. The acre age of corn reported is 1,100,978. These are the largest acreages ever report ed for these crops. Alfalfa ranks next to wheat in pop ularity. being reported on 20,690 farms this year, compared w*ith 21.087 farms last year. The census bureau report ed alfalfa on 24,870 farms in the state in 1919, so it Is evident that there ha 3 been some decrease in the number of farms growing alfalfa, due probably to extremely low pricer, that have pre vailed for hay in the past two years. The decrease, however, is rot so large as the figures indicate, as reports from seme counties this year were not so complete as were the census, reports. The acreage of alfalfa reported this year is slightly larger than that for last year, though considerably below the acreage* reported by the census bureau for 1919. More fanners reported potatoes in Colorado this year than any previous year, the number being 18,658, com pared with 17,903 reported by the cens us, bureau for 1919. The increase is larger than the figures here given in dicate. us a few counties where pota toes are grown extensively did not re port fully this year. The acreage of potatoes grown in Colorado this year was the largest on record, assessors having reported 142,612 acres, com | pared with 101,159 acre:- reported in | 1921. T. J. Sayler returned last Saturday ; fre in lx>s Angeles where he has been with Mrs. Sayler for several weeks. He reports Mrs. Sayler as improving rapidly from the effects of her recent severe operation and her many Lamar friends are highly pleased to hear these | ftvornble reports. NUMBER 20. LAMAR SAVAGES LOSE Hard Fuughl Game at Denver Goea to Manual by Score of 18 to 13. The Lamur Savages went to Denver Last Saturday to play the Thunderbolt team of the Munual high school and the game was a repetition of the game here the week before with Las Ani mas in many respects. The Lamur lioys were up against a line that was too heavy and solid for them to go through and spent more than half the game hutting their heads against a •‘•tone wall, and then as the Denver pu pers all said suddenly discovered thut in Prowers and Kennedy they had one oi the finest scoring machines in the Llate, and commenced to play forward passes. Manual had scored three touchdowns in the first half and La mur woke up so late thut two wus all they were able to put over. They kick ed one goal to none for Manual mak ing the final score Manual 18, Umar 13. The Umar boys play Junta on lh« Lainar grounds on Saturday, Oct ober 21, und should have a big crowd out to root for them. WILL ENTERTAIN VISITORS Oriental Council No. 15, K. & S. M.. Will Hold liig Ceremonial Saturday. The members of Orientul Council No. 15, R. & S. M., are making big preparations for u special ceremonial on Saturday afternoon and evening of this week. The degree team of Pu eblo Council No. •' which is composed ot about thirty or’ the luading busi ness men of Pueblo will be here to take charge of the degree work. Sup per will Ire served to all members and candidates at the banquet room at 6 o'clock and at 7:45 o’clock the degree work will begin. The Pueblo team is acknowledged to have no superior in the west and many visitors and can didates from other sections of the state are coining for this work. Deer Season. The usual number of Lamar hunters left for the mountains or cedars last Thursday for the opening of the deer season, but we only hour of a few re ports of a kill. Venison lacked con siderable of being as plentiful in La mer as in seasons past, but the hunt ers all reported a fine vacation and trip, and so they are happy. The fall has been too open to drive the deer out of the higher mountains this ear ly F. C. Wood of Wichita, manager of the Jett-Wood Wholesale Grocer Co., and son, F. C., Jr., have been here ! several days the past week visiting J Geo. Corzine, manager of the Lamar branch of the company.