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THE COPPER ERA, CLIFTON, ARIZ., NOV. 16, 1899. THOUGHT BLUFF WAS FALLING. Says He Will Never Come Back to Clifton Any More- Last Thursday afternoon C. W. Nicklin, proprietor of Nicklin's Southwest Print ers' Supply house, of Los Angeles, drop ped into our humble sanctum with the avowed purpose of selling us a big bill of goods. He did; and it took us until one o'clock a. m. to complete the order. But that wasn't all that happened that night, dear reader ; and if you don't be lieve it just ask him, should you ever be so fortunate as to meet him, and he will probably tell you all about it. In order to present the case more clear ly to our readers we will state that our office is not more than thirty feet from a perpendicular cliff of solid rock which towers to an alarming height, especially to those unaccustomed to the mountain regions of the West. We will also state that, next door to our office, a bewitch ing little widow, Señora Soto, who has many admirers among ber native element, ami also some among the Cau casian race, conducts a boarding house. Among her many admirers is Senor Don Dionicio Galvan, who was, until about a month ago, her chief kitchen mechanic. Being possessed of a very benevolent, thoughtful and somewhat diffident(?) disposition, Mr. Nicklin concluded, after our work had been completed that night, that, rather than disturb the clerk and guests at the hotel, he would just "turn in" with Howard Lancaster, an old em ployee of this office, who sleep in the rear annex of the Era office building, so we bid him good morning it was morn ing and wended our way homeward and were soon wrapped in the arms of Morpheus, and so was Mr. N., says How ard ; but his slumbers were soon dis turbed, and it was sometime before he realized that he had not shuffled off this mortal coil and got into the wrong pew. It seems as though Senor Don D. Gal van had saturated his anatomy with a quantity of "sheep herder's delight" and concluded to go and interview Señora Soto; but Señora Soto emphatically de nied him admission to her apartment by way of the door, and also by way of the window. This irritated Senor Don Gal van, and that irate individual immedi ately concluded to wreak vengeance upon the tair Señora, so, ascending the moun tain to the rear of the hostlery and the Era. office, commenced, with bould ers that he could conveniently handle, to everlastingly demolish the inn ; but he lest his bearings and those boulders de scended thick and fust upon the roof and side of our annex, sounding like cannon. Nicklin awoke, but for awhile thought he was dreaming. Finally he said : "Say, partner, is the bluff falling down?" "Guess not," retorted Howard, half asleep. More and larger rocks. "Say, partner, I want to be au angel but I aint in any hurry about it," said N., and he covered up his head and tried to make himself as small as possible. More rocks ; and N. said, in a suppressed and trembling voice, "Say, pard, is this little entertainment for my benefit ?" having heard that practical jokes were some times perpetrated upon tenderfeet out here in Arizona ; but he was assured that there was no joke about it. Nicklin then uncovered his head and sat up in bed. Just then came another volley of rocks. This he could stand no longer, and, forgetting his clothes, tried to bre.ik out the front way, but the door was locked and he retraced his step?, think ing, possibly, that he might make his exit on the side ; but he was informed by Howard that if he tried it he would be an angel within one minute. Just then officer Jim Smith entered the narrow passage between the Era office 'and the inn, and appeared before Mr. N. with a 45 in his hand, and Nicklin fainted and fell back upon the bed. Jim said he thought N. was a ghost. More rocks rained down and Jim bugged the side of the building. Then he skylighted Senor Don Galvan upon the mount and his 45 began to bark, as al so did that of Win. Jenkins, the A. C.Co. watchman, from the rear of the inn. Nicklin gasped and again ran against the front door, rebounding with the elasticity of a rubber ball, and, thinking that his time to be an angel had certainly come, jumped into bed and covered up his head, and would not emerge until the whole situation was explained to him and assured of the fact that there was no further danger. Nicklin arose promptly at 3.30 and it is needless to say that he boarded the early train for "civilization." He told Howard, confidentially, at the breakfast table, that he felt a little dubious about coming out this far, and that we would never tee him out here any more. We have been informed by reliable authority that that little tragedy caused him to lose most all his hair. Lift his hat and ascertain th truthfulness of the report. Senor Don Galvan escaped unhurt, but he was "run in" next morning and is now in the glue pot where he will prob ably stick for several days to come. Splendid Service. New Orleans Express No. 10 and Paci fic Express No. 9, on the Southern Paci fic railroad between San Francisco and El Paso, have ben equipped with free reclining chair cars, fresh from the shop, and in every convenience of ap pointment equal to the best in operation. Each car is equipped with 53 reclining chairs, nine of which are in a separate smoking compartment. Both first and second-class tickets are accepted for pas sage in these cars. Chas. F. Kanen, well-known by both the proprietors of the Era for several years, came in from Boswell, N. M., last Thursday afternoon and on Friday morn ing went to work in the dry goods de partment of the A. C. Co's. store in Clif ton. We have always known Charley to be an upright, honorable young man, perfectly competent, under all circum stances, to fulfill the duties assigned him by his employers, and we sincerely hope that he will make Clifton his home. A native of our sister republic became offended at George Tankersly's apparent familiarity with him, Monday night, and when George started across the street in the dark followed him. George remon strated and his follower pulled a 38 on him which George appropriated and turned over to Billy Hamilton with its owner, and remarked, as he did so, that, "if you had shot me with that thing I would have knocked both your eyes into one." If you want a good smoke for a little money, try "Senate Boy" 5c. cigar, at L. W. Smith's. Ernest E. Weston, MUSICAL SPECIALIST. PupilH received, elementary or advanc ed, for the Organ, Piano, etc. Engage ments accepted. Residence with Mr. J. Sidebotham, CLIFTON, A. T.