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Consolidated With Morenci Leader Sept. 1, 1911.
Published in the Clifton-Morenci District
Old Time Party Leaders Vie
With Each Other In Pledges
of Party Fealty In State
John R. Hampton Is Named As Exe-
cutive Committeeman From
Greenlee County
The most harmonious political
meeting that has ever been held in
Arizona was held at the council
chambers of the state capitol Nov. 11
The democratic Slate Committee and
the state and county candidates, to
gether with many leading- democrats
of Arizona participated.
At 10:30 J. P. Dillon, chairman of
the State Committee, called the
meeting to order, with J. H. Robin
son of Prescott, secretary.
The chamber was filled to its ut
most capacity. Mr. Dillon congratu
lated the party upon its splendid con
dition and absolute harmony, and
predicted a sweeping- success at zbe
polls on December 12th next, and
then called for nominations for tem
porary chairman.
Hon. John R. Hampton of Greenlee
county, in a speech that elicited
thunders of applause, placed before
the committee the name of Reese M.
Ling-for chairman. During his speech
Mr. Hampton very appropriately
voiced the sentiments of every
thoughtful democrat in Arizona, when
he said that the republican leaders
and tbeir newspapers are hoping and
watching for the strong feeling of
discontent that they felt sure would
follow the vigorous and hardfought
. primary contest "but," said the
speaker, "I have personally met oi
received letters from every candidate
in the late democratic primaries,
and they one and all are standing
true anJ firm for the democratic
ticket." "This," quoth Mr. Hamp
ton, "is a sore disappointment to that
The remarks of the gentleman
from Greenlee were received with
great applause, and after every coun
ty in Arizona seconding the nomina
tion of Mr. Ling, he was elected by
Chairman Dillon appointed Morris
-Goldwater of Prescott and Dr. Samp
son of Winslow, to escort Mr. Ling
to the chair. The reception given
.Reese Ling upon taking his seat must
have warmed the heart of that stal
wart son of Yavapai, as the enthusi
asm aroused by his name was un
bounded, and in bis speech of accept
ance he struck a happy chord in the
democratic heart when he pledged,
in well selected language his fealty
io the successful candidates and the
grand old partv that has never lower
ed its colors, storm or sunshine. Mr.
Ling's speech was a splendid effort
and endeared him to the men who
heard its ringing words.
Upon Mr. Ling's motion C. M. Shan
non, one of Arizona's stalwart demo
i crats, was invited to the platform,
and considerable amusement was
created when the old timers realized
that the last time these two favorite
sons of Arizona were seen ou the
platform together, was in the famous
Smith-Wilson dual convention in
Phoenix, when Messrs. Shannon and
Ling were dual chairmen.
Mr. Shannon's appearance on the
platform todav with Reese Ling elic
ited great applause, but when Vernon
L. Clark said tha-t "the last appear
ance of Ling and Shannon on the
stage together necessitated the seat
ing of the sheriff of Maricopa county
upon the platform to maintain peace"
and he moved, for the purpose of
making the picture true to nature,
that Sheriff Hayden be invited to a
seat. This was followed by uproari
ous applause, and Carl Hayden, the
popular democratic nominee for con
gress was invited to the stand.
Senator Ives of Tucson arose to
nominate a temporary chairman, and
in doing so, made a magnificent plea
for democratic harmony. Mr. Ives
spoke with vigor and aroused great
enthusiasm when he pleaded so ably
for democratic harmony. "We owe it
to the people of the United States,
to the stalwart democrats of the
house and senate who gave Arizona
her statehood" quoth Mr. Ives, "to
.elect every democrat on our state
and county tickets and thus show
our loyalty to the party and the men
who stood so nobly for our cause."
The speech of Senator Ives was a
magnificent tribute, coming from a
defeated candidate, and it made him
many friends in that stalwart gath
ering. When the Senator named
Lamar Cobb for temporary secretary
the audience cheered to the echo,
and Mr. Cobb was chosen by acclama
tion. t
In taking his seat, Lamar Cobb sur
prised his friends, the entire audience
and himself with his speech and it
is not saying too much to say that for
genuine wit, humor and real fun, it
far surpassed anything ever beard in
Arizona, and fairly convulsed the
C. M. Zander of Maricopa county
nominated John J. Birdbo of Safford
for chairman of the central commit
tee. He paid a high tribute to Bird
no, speaking of his eminent fitness
and qualifications for the office. John
R. Hampton and Frank DeSouza sec
onded the nomination. Upon motion
of C. B. Wood, Mr. Birdno was elect
ed by a rising vote that was unani
mous. Messrs. Hampton and Wood
were appointed to escort the chosen
leader to the chair.
Chairman Birdno stated that it was
not necessary for him to make a
speech. Each man present, he said,
was certain to make only one cross
on his ballot and he would work with
the others for the success of the
In nominating George Michelson
of Yuma for secretary, W. F. Tim
mons spoke of the great injustice
of denying the ballot to thousands
of voters in eyery way entitled to
cast votes in Arizona's first state
The nomination of Michelson was
seconded by W. T. Webb, who movd
a rising vote. Michelson's election
also was unanimous, as was that of I.
F. Wolpe for treasurer. Wolpe was
nominated by Reese M. Ling of Pres
cott, seconded by W. F. Timmons, J.
J. Keegan and B. F. Thum.
Wiley E. Jones submitted a tele
gram for the approval of the commit
tee. This telegram, which was to the
chairman of the democratic state
central committee of New Mexico,
met with no opposition. On the other
hand, it was enthusiastically approv
ed and sent, as follows:
A. A. JONES. Chairman Dem. State
Central Committee, Las Vegas,
New Mexico.
The Democratic State Central Com
mittee of Arizona and its state and
local candidates now assembled send
greeting to the democracy of New
Mexico and its valiant co-workers
and congratulate them and the people
of your commonwealth upon your mag
nificent victory achieved on Tuesday
last. The ringing answer of New
Mexico to the appeal for honest gov.
ernment is a gladsome omen and
cheers the democratic heart. We
wish you Godspeed in the work con
fided to your hands, and we promise
you the welcome news on December
12th of a rousing democratic victory
throughout Arizona.
J. J. BIRDNO, Chairman.
Privileges of the floor were extend
ed to Selim Michelson, Henry Shoup,
William Neagle, B. A. Packard, T.
G. Norris, Sam Small, Steve Roemer
and E. A. Sawyer.
After some slight discussion, the
state executive committee, one mem
ber from each country, was named as
Apache -Fred T. Colton, St. John's.
Cochise C. R. Howe, Tombstone.
Coconino To be supplied.
Gila J J. Keegan, Globe.
Graham W. T. Webb, Pima.
Greenlee J. R. Hampton, Clifton.
Maricopa C. M. Zander, Phoenix.
Mohave E. F. Thompson, King
man. '
Pinal Thos. F. Weedin, Florence.
Pima E. J. Trippel, Tucson.
Yavapai R. M. Ling, Prescott.
Yuma P. J. Miller. Yuma.
Santa Cruz F. J. Duffy, Nogales.
Navajo Geo. P, Sampson, Winslow.
M. G. Cunniff of Crown King moved
that a platform committee of one
from each county be named. The
following committee was selected.
Apache To be chosen later.
Cochise J. R. Henderson.
Coconino Geo. Babbitt.
Gila J. J. Keegan.
Graham Wiley E. Jones.
Greenlee L. p. Vaughn.
Maricopa C. B. Wood.
Mohave J. B. Whitesides.
Navajo R. G. Bizzell.
Pinal J. G. Keating.
Pima A. P. Martin.
Yavapai M. G. Cunniff.
Yuma W. F. Timmons.
Santa Cruz Frank J. Duffy.
Also Initiative and the Judicial
Recall. Criticises Taft For
His -Veto of Arizona's
Atlanta, Ga. Nov.1 13. President
Samuel Gompers of the American
Federation of labor, in his, report,
sumbmited today to the delegates of
the 31st annual convention, predicted
great cbaoges in American methods
of government, particularly with re
gard to political parties. He gave to
the referendum initiative and the re
call the unqualified endorsement of
organized labor and declared that a
real, representative democracy had
never been known in the United
States because of the general ab
sence of those provisions.
"This semi-deiSca'tioa of judges"
he said in defense of his endorsement,
"this sanctimonious cant about 'mob
rule' some of which was in President
Tft's message vetoing the Arizona
statehood bill, is mere drivel '
President Gompers' report, which
covers sixty closely printed pages
and would make more than thirty
columns in a newspaper, say that
leaves many subjects untounched or
inadequately presented.
In the main, the report declares,
for, - and says that organized labor
The referendum, the initiative and
the recall.
Passage of the so-called anti-in
junction bills at the next session of
Restriction of immigration.
Further restriction of convict la
bor. Legislation to relieve civil service
employes from the executive orders
prohibiting them to petition congress.
Uniform laws for protection of life
and health in factory buildings.
A department of labor ia' the fed
eral government.
Employers' liability and workmen's
compensation acts throughout the
Severe arraignment is made of so-
called scientific management or effi
ciency systems.
With its membership now more
than 1,750,000, the greatest in its his
tory, and, its financial condition ex
cellent, the organization often called
the greatest altruistic institution of
the times enters the thirty-first year
of its work.
"Despite all opposition of the most
relentless kind, the American la bo.
movement grows and thrives; its
beneficent influence for the common
uplift of labor and of all our people
extends to all fields of useful activity
and is becoming more generally re
cognized. The power which labor
holds within its grasp is understood
by our opponents perhaps better than
by many o? the toilers. The fact is
that labor's opponents, like the
Tories of the past, many of whom
are still with us, are afraid to trust
the people.
"With power in the ha. ids of labor
and ot the people generally, comes a
quickenimg sense of responsibility.
And though errors are liable to occur
thev bring experience and an avoid
ance of recurrence. The errors of
encroachments of the few or of an
autocrat teach them no lessons and
are rectified only by the people's re
volt. How perfectly safe freedom is,
is a truth not yet fully undersotod"
says the report.
"Labor's contentions of many years
have become merged, or have rather
co-ordinated with those of the" De
gressive of all parties. The people
as a whole, irrespective of class, con
dition, calling for partisan alignment
have declared for freedom in fact,
and not merely in name. They are
taking affairs political into their own
hands. They will not longer tolerate
the sale of legislation to the highest
bidder or the granting of franchises
to the richest bribe giver. Under the
coming regime, assuredly there are
to be no more court decrees entered
as prepared in advance and ordered
by the attorney for the stronger
party stronger politically or finan
cially." Revival of Basket Ball
Arrangemencs are being made to
procure the Armory for practice by
the basket ball team for the coming
season and with the return of two of
the old championship team the out
look is good for a repetition of the
exciting games such as were the
rule two or three years ago.
Ramey the star center will soon be
with us and with Mcllvain, Ghizoni
and Mason we have four old stars of
the game and there is promise of
good material for the remaining posi
tion, besides two good extra men are
always in demand to fill vacancies.
. In Sanders, McCambridge and
Bradfield, we hire good " material
and should show up well. As the
Armory is wholly 'taken up by the
Elks this week, the players can ex
pect to be called upon for practice
some time next week in anticipation
of a game with Morenci soon. The
popularity of basket ball as an indoor
sport is recognized everywhere and
recollection of the past dull summer,
practically our first, summer without
a basket ball team in many years,
should Serve as an incentive to help
the basket ball team by patronizing
the games There is not a cent in it
for the players, only bard work and
sometimes undeserved criticism, and
judging by the numerous inquiries as
to a basket ball team "to beat Mo
renci" the sport is in demand and
the people want it, and what the
people want they should have.
Two Candidates For United
States Senate and Candidate
For Representative Visit
Clifton District.
John S. Williams of Cochise Co.
Continues To Be the Big
Drawing- Card.
'The opening guns in the Republi
can state campaign were fired in
Clifton this week. The three princi
pal candidates on the Republican
ticket were here, Hon. Ralph Cam
ran, candidate for the United States
Senate; Hon. Hoval A. Smith, candi
date for United States Senate, and
Hon. J. S. Williams, candidate for
The candidates spoke in Clifton at
Pi-ettynian's opera bouse on Tuesday
evening and were at Morenci on
Wednesday evening.
When the afternoon train arrived
in Clifton the distinguished visitors
were met at the train by the Clifton
brass band, a number of leading re
publicans, together with members of
the Republican county committee,
and escorted to the Clifton Hotel.
A large crowd assembled at the
opera house at eight o'clock where R.
G. Franz presided as chairman and
introduced the speakers.
In a brief, terse and virile speech
Ralph H. Cameron addressed the au
dience. He said in part:
"I have been greatly criticised by op
posing candidates and press through
out Arizona because of some of my
actions, but I want to say that I have
not one thing to apologize for in my
representation of the territory of Ar
izoda in Washington for the past
three years. My heart, my soul and
my body have been in my work. I
didn't go to Washington to repre
sent alone the Republicans, the Dem
ocrats, the Socialists or the Popu
lists, but to represent the people of
Arizona one and all. You never will
have a representative in congress nor
never have had one that worked
harder or with more honesty of pur
pose for your interests than I. r
'When the enabling act wa3 passed
by congress, allowing the people of
Arizona to draft a state constitution,
my pledge to the people was fulfilled.
But I did not stop there. When the
constitution was framed, adopted
and sent to Washington, I worked
hard to secure its approval, I was af
ter statehood. But when President
Taft put his hands on my shoulders
one day and told me that never so
long as he lived would he approve a
constitution containing the recall of
the judiciary, I was convinced that
my duty was to get statehood by
eliminating the recall, relying on my
conviction that the people of Arizona
would put the recall back in the con
stitution whenever they wanted it.
"I am tor the majority of the peo
ple first, last and all the time. TJhe
constitution suited me personally
when it was drafted, and it suits me
now. All these things taken into
consideration, I believe there are
enough people in the state of Ari
zona to stand by Ralph Cameron and
make him United States senator.
"The press has made numerous al
lusions to my Port Lobos project for
the benefit of Arizona, accusing me of
trying to grab a slice from Mexico. I
am no grafter. Without any grab
bing I believe Mexico and the United
States can adjust the sale of north
western Sonora to the United States
with entire accord so that Arizona
will get a seaport."
Space does not permit the Era to
give an extended account of all the
Mr. Cameron was followed by Hoval
A. Smith and the speech making was
concluded by "Jack" Williams.
Speaking of his position on the Re
call of Judges Mr. Williams said:
"In their speeches these politicians
harp unceasingly on the initiative,
referendum and the recall, though
they are no longer issues. There is
not one word of constructive projects
in their speeches, not a word about
remedying our financial difficulties.
rney can only offer the recall as a
panacea to put smoke in idle factor
ies, and bread in the mouths of a
laborer's children. People have ap
proached me frequently recently to
know how I stand on the recall of the
judiciary. I invariably say that I am
in fayor of elimination and resubmis
sion. But they say, how will you vote
on it. That is an unfair question,
because the questioners themselves
are not on record as to what their
votes will be, but I am willing to
place myself on record, here and now.
"So long as I have breath in my
body, I will protest against that in
iquitous institution in its present
form. I certainly believe that when
an officer is elected and proves re
creant to his trust he ought most
surely to be removed. But did you
ever stop to think how the recall us
we have it in our constitution worka
out? '
"Let a judge make an unpopular
decision, based on an intricate prob
lem of law which the layman knows
nothing about. A recall petition is
drawn, found legal as to form, and a
recall election is ordered, with the
incumbent defending bis character
against the worst stain that could be
placed upon it, and at the same time
trying to defend himself against one
or several rival candidates of other
"Now it takes 12 men to convict ai
burglar caught stealing two knives
and forks from a deserted house, but
you would try a judge for the great
est crime known to organized society,
that of being faithless to his trust,
before a biased jury, without indict
ment according to law, and with ab
solutely no chance in the world save
that he may write 200J words on the
ballot. Against such a monument of
unfairness as this eyery principle of
fairness in my makeup revolts. I am
against it first, last and all the
time." i ,
Deputy Sheriffs Follow a Crooked
Trail For Two Days in the
On Saturday afternoon last word
was received from Sheldon by tele
phone that a horse, saddle and bridle
and a pistol belonging to Ray Sexton
of that place had been stolen. The
theft had been committed during the
absence of Mr. Sexton at Solomon
ville. The disappearance of Ed La
fave, who had been stopping in that
neighborhood was also reported and
suspicion was at once directed to
At five o'clock Saturday afternoon
Frank Laverty and Dick Boyle dep
uty sheriffs, left Clifton to pick up
the trail.
The officers left Clifton and road
to the Rattlesnake ranch where they
struck the trail of the young man
wanted and after an all nights ride
overhauled him the next day on the
road to Alma N. M.
When overtaken by the officers La
Fave made no resistance and was
brought back to the Blue where the
stolen horse was left in a pasture to
recuperate from his hard ride through
the mountains. From the time the
officers left Clifton until they landed
their prisoner in jail they traveled
150 miles.
The accused boy had his prelimina- j
ry hearing Wednesday before Judge i
Democratic Leader in Nebraska
Says He Has Been Misjudged.
By Rank and File of His
Columbus, O. Nov. 15 The Omaha
(Nebraska) World Herald, owned by
U. S. Senator Hitchcock and the
largest Democratic newspaper in
Nebraska, commented as follows up
on the statement issued by Ex-Secretary
of State- W. F. Porter of Lin
coln, Nebraska, and close personal
friend of W. J. Bryan, in declaring
for Governor Harmom for president:
"The World-Herald published a char
acteristic leiter from W. F. Porter,
long a radical populist leader in
Nebraska politics, concerning Judson
Harmon, governor of Ohio. Mr.
Porter is a man of rasping and often
disagreeable outspokenness, but by
the same token he says what he
means and he means to be fair.
"Mr. Porter's experience is not an
uncommon one. He had somehow
gained the impression that Harmon
is 'closely allied with the corporate
interests' and is a reactionary Demo
crat. He was persuaded, however,
to look up Harmon's official record.
He did so, with the following result:
" 'After reading these articles and
after the most careful and conscienti
ous deliberation, I have reached the
conclusion that as an honest and fair
minded man I owe it to myself and
to Governor Harmon to publicly ac
knowledge that I have misjudged the
man, for no honest intelligent person
can. read his speech and message and
say other than 'this man is a progres
sive statesman of the highest type.'
I know of 'out one other governor
who has to .his credit so many.laws
in the interest of the people passed
under such unfavorable circumstances,
and that other is Governor L3 Fpile$
te of Wisconsin,'
"Mr. Porter did what many an
other man has done, he denounced
Governor Harmon in prejudice and
ignorance. Now that he has learned
to know Harmon as be is, as disclosed
by bis official record and his public
utterances, be gives the same ver
dict that the people of Republican
Ohio gave by VIOO.OOO majority; the
same verdict that Hoke Smith gives,
that Newton D. Baker gives, that
even our own Governor Aldricb has
given after meeting and associating
with him intimately.
"The World Herald desires not to
be misunderstood. It is not taking1
these means to 'boost' Judson Harmon
for the presidency. He might be the
most courageous and loyal Democrat
in the country and still not be the
most available candidate. But the
World-Herald is exercising not only
its privilege, but its duty as a Demo
cratic newspaper in seeing to it that
in its columns at least a man who by
his deeds and his Leadership deserves
the thanks of good Democrats is just
ly and fairly dealt with."
Moder and was bound over to await
the action of the grand jury. He was
taken to Solomon ville to be confined
in the county jail there until the
first term of court in Greenlee Coun
ty. Horse Thieves Were Poor Riders
On Monday night last Gid Thomp'
son and two friends left tbeir horses
standing in the main street of New
Town, Morenci, when three Mexicans
mounted them and rode pell mell out
of town. Chase was at once started
and they came up with one of them
who had collided with a wagon along
side of the road and was lying un
conscious in a pile of rocks. Near
the smelter the posse came upon an
other who had been thrown in a pile
of slag. Not far from Cansler's stable
the remaining horse was found but
the thief had escaped to the hill or
some hiding place and as yet has not
been located.
High School Entertainment Course
Attend the high school entertain
ment course one of the best courses
ever given in Clifton. The attract
tions will be:
Gov. Joseph W. Folk, Nov. 20.1911.
Whitney Bros. Quartet.Dec. 8,1911.
Lourant the Magician,Jan. 27,1912.
Le Brun, Grand Opera,Feb.20,l12.
Opie Read, Novelist, Mar. 9. 1912.
Tickets to these five attractions
can be secured at the phenomenal
low rate ot ita.uu, reseryed seats in
cluded. Tickets will be sold and re
served at the A. C. drug store. Sin
gle tickets 81.00 each.

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