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Issued Thursdays. CLIFTON, ARIZONA, DECEMBER 21, 1899. Vol. 1; No. 36 TO TEST THE CONSTITUTION. Legality of the Demonetization of Silver Will be Decided. Denver, Colo., Dec. 14. W. A. Rucker, president of the United States Monetary League, left here for St. Louis, where he will hold a conference with the gov ernors of several states friendly to the free coinage of silver rel ative to the suit which is about to be begun by the state of Col orado for the purpose of secur ing a decision by the U. S. su preme court as to the legality of the demonetization of silver. The general assembly of the state passed a joint resolution authorizing the govenor to take steps to bring this question be fore the supreme court. After consultation with several prom inent men of the state, Governor Thomas settled upon the course of action. The first step was to authorize President Riicker, un der the general seal of the state, to confer with other governors to raise the funds necessary to bring the case before the su preme court of the United States. The replies from the governors of those states recognizing sil ver should be on an equality with gold as the circulating medium of value has been lost, are satisfactory, promising as sistance and, if possible, active co-operation. Especially in Tex as has reception of the idea been J cordial, and it is possible Ruck er will go to that state to meet the governor and state officials before proceeding to Washing ton. The suit against the govern ment of the United States will be begun by action in Denver. The United States monetary league will give the state of Col orado, as a present, a solid sil ver brick of the purest metal of an hundred ounces and repre senting an hundred dollars at the par ratio. The treasurer of the state will then formally pre sent the brick to the state. The state will send it to the United states mint at Washington with the demand it be coined into an hundred silver dollars. "Te demand, of course," says Rucker, "will be refused. Upon the refusal, suit will be entered in the United States supreme court, for we have a right, un der the constitution, to demand the bullion be coined. "The question will be raised as to where the constitution lands us. The suit is brought in the name of the state of Colorado, 1 to secure more rapid action than otherwise would be given." Rucker will be assisted by counsel from this and other! states. on each 160-acre tract. If the reservoirs are built and contain water, then the holder of the land, without further fee, files an affidavit each year and there by holds the land. We Want the "Open Range." Stockmen may file on 160-acre tracts of land for reservoir sites. The fee is $3 for each filing. One may hold the land for two years, at the end of which time a reservoir must have been built It is difficult for a person who has lived in the west for any length of time to believe that the governor of Wyoming is sin cere in his purpose, or that he is not working in the interest of the large syndicates that are being formed all over the country for the purpose of controlling the stock interests of this county in his advocacy of the lease law. That a lease law for the western country would be the death knell of the small stockmen and farm ers, as well as the sheep men, no one can truthfully deny. Take the open range from the people of New Mexico and other west ern territories and states, and you destroy the legitimate busi ness of a large and prosperous class of good citizens, the very mainstay of the country. The conditions existing in the west where as a rule only compara tively small areas can be culti vated makes the open range an absolute necessity to farmers and stockmen who own small bunches of stock and have little ranches at springs and along the streams in this country. Chief -. tain. There are 2,750 languages.