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'"LA t-c- AMADOR COLLECTION 111 V U J r r -vJ.i:kItIi: i0r:oMl.nollilL4r'IT Issued Thursdays. CLIFTON, ARIZONA, JUNE l?l)9 - An Arizona Pioneer. The late Arizona legislature did a fitting thing when it conferred a pension of $25 a month on Colonel Charles D. Poston, who is known as the "Father of Arizona." To old-timers Colonel Poston is un doubtedly the best known man in the Territory, where be has long resided and of which he 'was, in a measure, . the creator. He first went to what is now Arizona terri tory in 1854, going through the Apache country with a band of California prospectors. Some rich deposits of silver were discovered and work commenced, but the mines bad to be abandoned when tTie U. S. troops were withdrawn at the outbreak of the civil war. Colonel Poston was for a time superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Southwest, and recorder of Dona Ana county which then in cluded all of which is now Arizona, which " territory Colonel Poston named, and secured the signature of President to the act giving the territory separate government. In '1864 Colonel Poston was elected 'Arizona's first delegate to congress. He made a trip around the world as ari inspector of consulates, and filled several . other government positions. . For some years past the old gentleman has been destitute, living at Phoenix in an old batter ed adobe shanty, The pension which he now receives will at least keep him from want. Poston is a most interesting con versationalist and writertand is in many reepects an origrfW? man. One of his undertakings, when he . was in good circumstances, was fhd erection of a temple to the sun oi a hill near Florence, in Pinal coun ty. The enterprise progressed only so far as the construction of a winding road to the summit of the hill, which is now pointed out to visitors as "Poston's Folly. L. A. Times. . M. and S. Pi ess: There is a growing tendency on the part of the land office department at Wash ington to enforce more strictly the regulations concerning the location of mining claims. This has taken a definite form in recent instruc tions issued to United States min eral land surveyors, who are di rected as follows : "These provis ions of the law (regarding the loca tion of raining claims) must be strictly complied with in each case to entitle the complainant to a sur vey and patent, and, therefore, should a claimant under a location made subsequent to the passage of the Act of May 10th, '72, who has not complied with said require ments in regard to marking ths lo cation upon the ground and re cording the same, apply for a sur vey, you will decline to make it." The next session of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Ari zona will be held at Globe. There are 15 subordinate lodges in the territory with 711 members. The London Mining Journal predicts (hat Arizona will soon pass Michigan and Montana in the production of copper. , Ch.ajJ.eyjI JohpsonUo aXcattlem'an. brings, to jPiftonethebews of quiteia blqodcurdlin encounter: of .'several cowpysjuiwitbn J)ear:i;onliilIndiah creek.; ;jThjj.:mensitbree jn nufnbeV, were rou.nding up'i.buncbri of'uda't tle, and h.$o tdqing fan -them' ihCb a ulump oft bushesui In- endeavor ing to get then) routj oii; then bushes they ran onto three.bearfti.hat'were in the act of devouring theireroains of a cow which Jbhey-nhadi killed The men's first impulHe? : Wai! to kill the bears, if possible, : but; ha v ing but one revolver in.vthj&uparty little could be done, nelof-.the bears turned round and received two shots from the revolver.wheif they retreated . by runningHhup the canyon, where they met another cowboy of the same outfit who Bder ing the bears coming and not being; armed, immediately gave them the right of way, and wheeling his horse prooceeded back on the trail, the bears following hiin. They soon, however, struck his trail ami catching up to the fleeiug cowboy kept snapping at his horse's hind legs for quite a distance, injuring them badly. The bears then made up another canyon and disappear ed. Mr. Woodward, builder of the Rands burg railroad, will torn begin the con struction of a road to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The road will, proba bly, go out from Ash Fork as the grade to (he Canyon will- be far better than from Flagstaff or Williams so it is claim ed by the interested parties. Flags'arT is by all means the best point as the road would run through a most picturesqiis country. Jerome Reporter.