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The Coconino sun. (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 1898-1978, January 29, 1898, Image 15

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Raids by WUd Horses.
In the Arizona papers of late there
have been frequent complaints of
serious injuries, botli to crops and to
pastures, caused by the raids of wild
horses. Something like 20,000 of these
creatures, it is estimated, aro now roam
ing the plains of that territory, and
they have become serious nuisances.
There is some cause for suprise In the
fact that at this late day, even In Ari
zona, an animal alien to the country
can resume the habits of his almost
unmeasurably remote ancestors and can
multiply rapidly without care or pro
tection of any kind. The horse in
domestication is a rather delicate creat
ure, subject to many ills and often hard
to keep In health, though watched with
close attention and allowed to want for
nothing whatever. When forced to rely
on his own resources, however, he
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f the wild state and for cuardinir himself
against enemies of all sorts. Ever since
the days of the Spanish explorers the
horse at every opportunity has demon
strated his liking for freedom pnd his
adaptability for meeting without aid
the conditions of life in the west and
south. Large herds were often seen
years ago. but that they should still find
room in 'the United States is really
notable, as proving that the country is
not nearly so well settled as the oppo
nents of immigration would have us
believe. New York Times.
The Leading Sheep State.
It is perhaps due to Judge Lawrence
and his persistent Ohio followers that a
general, impression prevails that the
wool and sheep Industry is centered in
the Buckeye state. But that distinction
Is claimed, and probably justly, by the
people of Montana. The last legisla
ture of that state passed an act for the
organization of a board of sheep com
missioners, one' for each county, and all
but Jlvc of the counties have taken
advantage of the law. Their first an
nual report is just out, and is very flat
tering. Montana has been in the sheep
Industry lor about twenty-five years
and she now has 3,600,000 sheep, or
more than any other state, with an an
nual production of wool reaching over
22,000,000 pounds. The industry has
been built up on what without it would
have been waste, and has made a mar
ket at cheap rates for lands that would
otherwise have been unsalable at any
price. The estimated increase in value
of sheep there is $4,400,000; of wool,
$1,125,000, and of the sheep slaughtered
or marketed, over $1,000,000, or a total'
of $0,700,000, a gain of nearly $45 per
capita for all the people of the state.
Boston Transcript.
Cold Output of Colorado.
The books of the United States branch
mint at Denver for the year 1897 are
now closed. The deposits of gold are
the largest ever received. The total
will slightly exceed $12,200,000, and a
conservative estimate made by the mint
officials places the entire output of Colo
rado at $22,000,000 In round figures.
Colorado will go far ahead of Califor
nia, as it is said to be doubtful if Cali
fornia's output will touch the SI 8,000,000
mark. Last year Colorado's output was
$16,500,000 and that .of California was
$17,000,000, while the total production
of the country was $01,717,926. The
great increase in the Colorado output
this vear will send the total for the
United States up to the $70,000,000
The wool market shows more strength
and holders are sanguine that higher
prices will prevail. The supply to be
sold is below expectation and conditions
in the markets abroad are strong. There
is a good demand for territorial wools
in the market, and an excess of 2,000,000
pounds of territorial wools were sold in
Boston last week.

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