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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
TWENTY-FOURTH YEAR—NO. !G GUNNISON OVERFLOWS BANKS AT DELTA. North Delta Suffers Some From Backwater. School House Sur rounded by Water. The Gunnison has swollen in the past few days until it came within an inch of being as high as last year, when the greatest damage was done. From re ports gathered Sunday morning wit nessed the highest period and at that time. the banks along the south side near the North Delta bridge could no longer hold the stream and a large body was flowing down the road. Across the stream and in North Delta a dyke had broken and the consequence was an overflow into many people’s yards and especially in the vicinity of the school house which was surrounded for two or three days this week. The commissioners took active steps to protect the bridge and a few days before had erected a block and tackle to be used to dislodge debris coming down the river. The apparatus came into good play four or five times and huge trees were lifted and turned and allowed to float on their way if caught by abutments. A foot bridge was built along the field occupied by Fad’.ey’s corral and pedestrians were not incon venienced to any great extent. Mr. Getts says that the bridge is intact, no damage having resulted so far aside from a small section of railing being broken by a down-coming giant of the forest. Although some beets are under water and some other damage has been done, the fact is that 1906 does not compare with 1006 as a catastrophe. Farther up the river, at Faonia, the damage has been much greater this year than it was last, several ranchers having si ready lost land and trees lhat will aggregate a sum nearly to $16,000.00. Ira Cline has been the worst sufferer. Geo. Merchant is another and the coun* ty itself another. The School Board in District No. 1 (Delta) ordered school to resume yes terday morning, having been closed the whole week on account of the water around the school house. Although old-timers say that the high water has n>t yet arrived and claim that more is to come, the situation will be re'ievcd or intensified by the weath er. There is no doubt but what there is yet a world of low snow but a contin uation of the last two days of cold will allow the flood to subside to such an ex tent that fresh melting will have to come all at once to bring the rivor back to its high stage of the past week. Little, if any, snow has yet melted in the Gunnison country, the stream of the past few days resulting from melt ing in the North Fork and Muddy coun tries. Base Ball There will be a double baseball panic on Memorial Day at the Delta grounds. Delta is to play Olathe and the well known nine with Webb's Minstrels will play the winners. The latter nine will also furnish a brass band and music during the two games will be the re sult. Admittance to the one game cn cntitlcs you to see both. Everyone in Delta is expected to bo there for the boys are going to show up with a good game. Practicing is going on daily now and some good new material will be played on tho 30th. Bo sure and come and tell the“other fellow"also. Advertised Letter List. tatters remaining uncalled for in the poslofllce at Delta, Colo., for the wock ending May 25, 1906, Mrs. Ada Dorsey, Ney Farlcigh, Miss Gcnetta Mays, Elmer Ware. In calling for above letters please say "advertised.” ELLA NEW, P. M. Julius Wicke, one of tho prosperous ranchmen of the North Fork was in Delta Thursday. AN INSURANCE GRAFTER Local Man Discovers Questionable Methods Used by Traveling Agent and Reports Same to Headquarters. E. E. Arnold, local agent for the Nat ional Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Denver, deserves the credit of pub licly exposing the methods of one, E. E. Smith, pretending to be an agent ot a fire company authorized to do business in the State and who was able to work one or two of the good citizens of North Delta into allowing him to write poli cies on their property and - obtaining money and notes from them. Soon after this occurred Mr. Arnold learned of the occurrence and began making inquiries inasmuch as the travel ir>g agent made out a receipt for mon ies on a National bank. Investigation showed that he was representing a com pany from Nebraska and at that time this company had no authority to do business in Colorado. Further inquiry revealed the fact that he was charging regular board rates yet telling his cus tomers that he was not. Mr. Arnold immediately took the matter up with his own company and found the true status of affairs through correspondence with them and with the Insurance Commissioner. Threatening letters came from the Nebraska com pany and other things transpired which 1 has finally caused the sending of a special representative here to see Mr. 1 Arnold. When confronted with a copy of the receipt issued by Mr. Smith the special man was dumfounded. it being on a regular National bank and carried no town, simply dated. What the final outcome will be is yet to be learned but Mr. Arnold deserv es commendation for his good work in rounding up a travel ing “grafter” of this sort —the bane of mutual insurance. So no connection whatever must be made with the com pany which Smith was trying to repre sent and the company which the local man Mr. Arnold, works for. One is the National Mutual of Denver, one of the strongest mutuals in the west and the other is a Nebraska concern. The lat- j ter company, so it is understood, will now take a license to do business in this State and all on account of Mr. Arnold's work. It is always well to patronize your home people. If you cannot trust them you certainly cannot trust a trav eling representative. The horn? man is here to stay. The traveler is here for a day. First Home-Grown The first homegrown strawberries of the season were brought into market on Wednesday of this week by W. S. Sheffield. Gale Brothers purchased the crate and it is a significant fact that the berries came from North D<*lta, al though everyone is now supposing that the berries over there are all under water. Mr. Sheffield has a reputation among local people of always managing to bring first berries into market and has not failed in holding his own in 11>06. North Delta supplies the local market with this palatable fruit each year and it is good to learn that the flood has not the beds to a very great extent. Editor’s Note: We are indebted to Mr. Sheffield for one of the first boxes picked and can say that we enjoyed them for two reasons; first because we were remembered so kindly and second because they were mighty good. Regulated Clock. The Delta Drug Company is installing an automatic regulated clock, one of thoao affairs that tho Western Union peoplo regulate hourly. It has been placed on tho wall by one of their large windows and customers and passersby will now have no excuse if their timo picccs are not in accord with Old Sol. Mr. Ault informs tho Independent that ho may soon procure the services of his brother, now of New York City, if pres ent business keeps up and the movowill be warranted. TIIE OFFICIAL PAPEB OF DELTA COUNTY DELTA, COLORADO, FRIDAY, MAY ‘-'5, 190 G DR. DARLEY TO COME TO DELTA. Presbyterian People are to Have as Pastor one of the Strongest Men in the State. Dr. Darley, for eight years pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Ouray, and one of the most able and well known divines in Colorado and the west, has agreed to assume the pastorate of the Delta Church and will locate here permanently in about thirty days. Perhaps no man, at least in western Colorado, is as well known as Dr. Dar ley. He preached the first sermon in in the Uncomphagre Valley, the first in the Animas and the first in another district on this side. For eight years he has ministered to the people of Ouray and ministered well, being a man of broad views, a kindly regard and abili ty that appeals. A western man in every sense of word and aptly able to assume the duties encumbent upon a man in this country. The Independent bespeaks for him a welcome and a suc cess in Delta. In leaving Ouray the Doctor is part ing from many pleasant memories and from a community that is pleased with him and his work. However on acconnt of the altitude which affec‘s so many who seek the west, it has beer, thought expedient to move to a lower altituda. And Delta benefits thereby. COMMISSIONERS SUSTAINED. District Court Finds fee Set by Them in Stewart Ditch Case to be Equitable. Judge Theron Stevens, sitting ms judge of the District Court, found the fee placed by the board of commissioners as amount to be charged for carrying water through the Stewart Ditch, to be a fair one. I.cgal talent of the country have been engaged on this matter ever since the finding of the board some weeks ago. The matter will probably be carried to higher courts, the Stewart people be lieving they are placed under an unfair regualtion in being restrained from charging the sum in question. One or two minor ditch cases have also been disposed of and one divorce case, Mary E. Delo vs. Delo. The divorce was granted Mrs. Delo and the ranch on Surface Creek and custody of children was also awarded. The Uncompahgre is higher this morning than it has been yet this year. Reports from ditch headgates are that some damage is being done up the val ley. 4th of JULY MEETING Every business man is re quested to meet at the office of Travis & Castle on Monday, May 28th, to discuss plans and make ar rangements for a two dayscele brationatDeltaon July 4th-sth COME HOTEL BUILDINGS IN BLAZE. Midnight Alarm Brings Guests to Street in Scanty Attire. Little Damage Done. Between twelve and one o’clock last night a fire alarm was sounded bringing the local company out of warm beds in to rain and mud. The Delta House, located on lower Main Street was re ported on fire. A quick run was made and examination found the outbuildings in th£ rear of the hotel to be in a blaze. Wa - . r connection was soon made and in less time than could be expected on accou..: of the mud a stream was poured ont'i t: •• burning buildings. Guests in the hotel were hurried from their rooms and a.i of the help, sleeping in a build ing in the rear, made a quick exit into the ram. and wind. The heavy rain of yesterday which had thoroughly soaked everything prob ably averted any serious loss and in a few moments after the alarm was sou ndcd the blaze was out. The -cal company are mourning a few sp :led suits and muddy shoes this morning, the streets being a literal ROCK SLIDE IN CANON. Heav\ Rains Cause Immense Quan* titics of Rock and dirt to Cover D. & R. G. Tracks. Thursday's train No. 316, cast out of Grand Junction at 10 a. m., has not yet rea he.i Delta. .About twelve miles west of this cit;« a rock slide was encountered which eff .'tfvely stopped all traffic. From re} rte gathered it seems the slide a* distance of more than one v ndred feet and is from six to eight et in depth. Large gangs of men are •rking at the scene of the slide but it waa decided last night that no trains c. aid hope to get through for a day or tuoandthe North Fork branch crew was sent up the canon to transfer . .ssengers and baggage. Train No. 31. r > laid over in Delta last night and will probably return east to day. Both the superintendent and assist ant superintendent are here overseeing the work. The recent rains caused the de. This is the first trouble in the non between here and Grand Junction tor some time and usually there is loss • ‘tiger from this end of the line than on the other. The Gunnison is down this morning but may rise this afternoon, yesterday’s mins being quite general. However, a lull in snow melting will result as the weather is much cooler in the moun tains. "REBECCA'S TRIUMPH" SURELY TRIUMPHED. Opera House Packed and Every one Did Remarkably Well. On last Friday evening the home tal ent play “Rebecca’s Triumph” was presented to one of the largest audien ces ever gathered in Delta for such oc casions. The cast was made up entire ly of ladies and each one a Delta resident at that. A home talent orchestra fur nished music for the occasion and a home band gave a concert in the street before the performance. The presentation brought several Delta ladies to the front as capable of producing more than the ordinary talent found in home theatricals. Mrs. Boet cher as “Gyp,” the colored girl, capti vated the audience with her practically professional acting of the part. Louise Kellogg, as “Meg,” the crazy girl, al though portraying a particularly hard part, did justice to herself and the caste. Mrs. Seaton as “Rebecca” and Miss Scoffield as an old maid brought out many comments of approval. In fact the whole company did excellently. “The Club” composed of younger girls and led by Miss Singleton, was an in teresting part of the story and the audi ence seemed contented when they were the center of attraction. Miss Single ton’s utter abandonment and ease while acting bespeaks a large amount of gen ius in the role of impersonation. The affair can be claimed a complete success and the returns derived will place the entertainment course on its feet. It is planned to go to Hotchkiss j tonight with the play and a special train is to leave at 5 P. M. returning in the early morning hours. Fare to be 151.50 for the round trip. Everyone who can and will is urgent ly invited to be one of the crowd; - BAPTIST CHURCH. Appointments at the Baptist Church, May 27. Morning sermon, “The Power of God.” Evening sermon. “Drift.” ,7:00 P. M., “Educational Work in For eign Fields.” Wednesday evening, Prayer and Covenant meeting—“ Simple Precepts for Christian Living.” Ephes 4:17-32. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. It is announced that Rev. Geo. M. Darley, of Ouray, has been called by the Church here and that an acceptance has resulted. Until Dr. Darley can reach here, presumably about thirty days, the Rev. Hick will fill the pulpit. All are cordially invited to attend the j services Sunday next. CHRISTIAN CHURCH. The usual services will be held at the regular hours Lord’s Day, May 27. ; The subject for the morning sermon , will be. “A Living Sacrifice. ” Preach ing in the evening at S o’clock. We ex tend to you a cordial invitation to attend these services. Walter Carter. METHODIST CHURCH. MEMORIAL SERVICES. I The Memorial sermon will be preached ' at the Methodist Church at 1 IKK)o'clock next Sunday. Rev. Rarick has been asked to deliver the address. H<; has selected for his theme. “Our Country and Her Foundation” In the evening he will deliver a sermon lecture on the subject, “Seven Wonders of the World. ’’ A cordial invitation is extended to the public to attend. ST. LUKES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, St. Lukes Episcopal Church. Services ,11a. m. and Bp. m. At the evening ; service the Baccalaureate Sermon will be preached to the graduating class of the Delta High School. Ditch Stock For Sale. Two shares of Ditch Stock of the North Delta Canal for sale. If taken soon will sell for $65.00 per share- A. A. Hutchins, 16-19-pd. North Delta. John A. Verback, one of the publish ers of the Paonia Booster, spent yester day and today in this city. PRICE FIVE CENTS "RED" MORRISON WRITES OF 'FRISCO. In a Letter to Delta County Man Tells of Real Conditions. Oakland, Calif. May 7th, 1906. Dear Fred:— Ycurs received and was glad to hear from you. I came here a week ago to day. This is a terrible place. I could not get a bed at any price the first three nights I was here, but am faring better at present. I have got a place to sleep and am making up for lost time. You have no idea what things look like by reading the papers. You can go for miles and see nothing but big fine build ings all tom to pieces. I have a friend here on the police force, and he gave me a permit to go all over the burnt district. I put in 4 days at it and the sights are terrible. The streets are piled from one to fifteen ieet deep with brick and stone, dead horses and men. I haye seen them take out nine men since I came and they have only got Market Street cleared for 7 miles to day and you can imagine about the hundreds of other streets to clear yet, and all the alleys. A district of 12 miles square was burned. It cleaned the whole business part of the town, just left the Post-Office and Government Mint standing. The papers try to make it as light as possible, but it is no use trying to fool the people—they wont stay here if they can get out. They had another shock here yesterday. It was my first earthquake and to tell the truth it was rather funny to me but the people are all worked up over the big one and when this one came it put the fear of God in a lot of them; some ran, some prayed and some of them swore. I looked wise and grinned, for I could not do anything else. It was over in a few seconds; it tore down three bouses here in Oakland and I don’t know how many of the old walls fell over ’Frisco, but you can’s see any account in the papers. I will send you one of the clip pings from an Oakland paper and you can see what they say about it. I guess of all the sights to see, China town was the worst. They claimed to have about 25,000 Chinamen in San Francisco and the police say that 10,000 of them were sick and crippled and not one of them that was sick or crippled has been seen s'nce the fire. The sol diers kept tnem all herded up in China town until the fire was all around them before they gave them a chance to get out. They had tunnels dug for miles all under the city and it is the talk of the town that those tunnels are full of dead Chinamen. They are still guard ing that part of the town and no one is allowed to enter it. I have a permit to go all over the city but I can’t get in Chinatown, they won’t let a Chinaman go on his own property. That part of the town is entirely surrounded by sol diers and they are welcome to their job. They take all the dead horses and men and burn them. Well I could tell you more about the sights here but I don't suppose it will be of any interest to you. Give my regards to all the boys. Write me at Bandon, Oregon as I am going there as soon as I can get a boat out of here. _ Red. The company which is playing at the Opera House to-night gave a very creditable performance last evening in spite of the inconvenience which they were put to on account of late trains. They will present a play this evening which will be of interest to all, the scene laid in Tennessee. Popular prices. A call for a meeting to plan for a cel ebration on the Fourth of July appears in this issue. Every business man in Delta is interested in this move. The amount of advertising given Delta through last year's celebration was of inestimable good. At Travis & Castle’s office on next Monday evening. Be there. Mrs. Teague and daughter have left for Utah to join Mr. Teague. Attend at the Opera House tonight.