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Consolidated With Morenci Leader Sept. 1, 1911.
Published in the Clifton-Morenci District
vemt o Arizona
Leader Also Killed in
Fight Near Engle
And Were Trailed to the V X T Ranch
by Sheriff Stephens and Posse
Engle, N. M. , Nov. 19. Sheriff
Stephens of Luna county with one of
his posse, W. O. Simpson, arrived in
this city early this morning- with the
dead bodies of Tom k Ball and Al
Smithers, both members of the posse,
and the dead body of one of the out
laws whose name is unknown but who
Sheriff Stephens recognized as the
leader of the men, who, on the night
of Nov. 7th, in Deming, held up Sher
iff Stephens and the jailer, and lib
erated from the jail John Gates.
Sheriff Stephens with his posse
have been in pursuit of the outlaws
day and night since the 8ih. While
riding close to the VXT ranch, 85
miles from Eagle, and near a house
known as Adobe house on the VXT
ranch, the posse discovered the three
outlaws in the house eating.
The posse surrouuded the bouse and
as soon as they were discovered by
the outlaws, the outlaws mounted
their horses and rode directly toward
the posse. The posse told them to
surrender. The outlaws suddenly fell
from their horses and opened Are on
the posse. Only a few shots were
fired before Hall and Smithers fell ,
dead. Hall was shot through the
head and Smithers was shot through
the body.
Sheriff Stephens, who, was on the
other side of the house, came running
toward the men and opened fire on
the outlaws, killing the leader, whose
name so far is unknown.
The posse's as well as the outlaws'
Horses stampeded and left all in the
open, fighting to the death. Gates
and his confederate managed to get
into a water trench and kept up the
firing. It was about tour hundred
yards up this trench that Posseman
Simpson discovered Gates running
along. Simpson opened fire on him,
And be was seen to fall into the ditch
Only three of the posse in the fight
were left. Stephens, Simpson and
Johnnie James. They were uuabie to
follow the two remaining outlaws on
account of the darkness, so they
gathered up thefr dead.
Early Saturday morning the three
remaining poseemen started out
again after the two outlaws and went
to where Gates was seen to fall and
found where he had dragged himself
some three or four hundred yards
There they lost his trail and the'out
lawagotinthe mountains.
While the posse was gathering up
the dead one outlaw fired at them
from the mountain and came within
a few inches of killing Simpson. The
posse was unable to locate where the
shot was fired from.
Sheriff Simpson is satisfied that
both outlaws are wounded. The dead
outlaw had in his possession the pis
tol and keys tor the Deming jail that
he took from the jailer. The outlaws
were riding horses from the VXT
ranch and they bad entered the ranch
house and appropriated everything
they wanted. The dead men will be
shipped to Deming en the forenoon
Story of the Fight as Heard at Deming
Deming, N. M , Nov. 19. The bat
tle that has been daily expected be
tween the various posses beaded by
Deming officers and the three outlaws
took place last Friday evening at the
VXT (V cross T) ranch about 85
' miles northwest of Engle. The posse
headed by Sheriff Dwight B Stephens
assisted by Deputies Hull, Smithers
and Simpson, came upon the outlaws
from behind a ridge of hills and a
fierce fight followed in wh.ch Officers
Smithers and Hall were instantly
killed, one outlaw was killed, another
was wounded, and the wounded out
law, together with the third member
of their gang escaped. The bodies
of the dead officers and the outlaw
were brought to Engle last night by
Sheriff Stephens and Simpson.
Deputy Simpson, accompanied by
another posse, are now hot on the
trail of the two escaping outlaws, and
it is thought they will be easily over
taken as one of them appeared to be
mortally wounded.
It will be remembered that two of
these outlaws were the men who held
up the jail at Deming on the evening
of the 7th of November and released
one of the inmates, John Gates.
Thomas H. Hall, one of the posse
that was killed, leaves a wife and five
children. Mn Hall first came to this
part of New Mexico in 18S4 and his
home was at Nutt station, where be
was a ver- prominent cattleman and
rancher. He has a brother, W. P.
Hall, who resides at Hachita. Alien
LeRue Smithers had resided at Dem
ing for several months and during
this time had been connected with
the sheriff's office oa.various occa
sions. He came
Clitton, Arizona,
living here.
to Deming from
and has a brother
Men Who Will Attend Session of Irri
gation Congress and Anti-Saloon
League of America.
Governor Richard E. Sloan yester
day appointed delegates to two na
tional deliberative bodies that are to
meet in convention next month. One
is the Nineteenth Irrigation congress,
which will be in session in Chicago
December 5 to 9, inclusive, to which
fifteen delegates are named. The
other is the fourteenth convention of
the Anti-Saloon League of America,
to be held in Washington, D. C, De
cember 11 to 14, to which six dele
pates are named."
The gentlemen selected for the lat
ter commission are: B. C. Nunally of
Yuma, F. O. Poison of Williams, Dr.
Louis Dysart of Phoenix, Dr. W. W.
Wilkinson of Phoenix-, A. S. Prescott
of Parker, and George P. Harrington
of Prescott.
The fifteen gentlemen named by
the governor to attend the session of
the irrigation congress in Chicago
are: Joseph H. Kibbey, Louis C. Hill,
Dwight B. Heard, VV. J. Murphy of
Phoenix; A. J. Chandler of Mesa City;
Andrew Kimball of Thatcher. Freder
ick S. Nave of Globe, A. J. Peters of
Tempe, H. A. Morgan of Willcox, W.
H. Clark of Holbrook, Dell M. Potter
of Clifton,, A. H. Kent of Yuma, John
R. Hulett of SnowBake, George W.
Hance of Camp Verde, and lieOrge O.
Thayer of Prescott.
These gentlemen have been chosen
in the hope that all of "them will be
able to attend the session, which is to
be one of more than usual importance
to Arizona In addition it is expected
there will be delegates from the vari
ous water users associations and irri
gation interests in Arizona, tnat will
swell the territorial delegation to a
very representative body, dignified
by numbers as well as personality.
Boston, Mass., Nov.21. Thompson,
Towle & Co., say that the president
of one of the leading copper produc
ers tells them:
"I feel very optimistic on the cop
per situation, for certainly it is at the
best it has been in over three years,
with total world's stocks of about
275,000,000, and the producing mines
instead of having copper on hand.
have only cash and bills receivable,
most of the mines oeing sold several
months ahead. This is an ideal situ
ation from the standpoint of the pro
ducer, even though the price of the
metal is not as high as some would
"I have gotten over worrying about
the big production from the porphy
ries in 1912, fori have come to the
conclusion that the natural increase
in consumption will take care of this
increased production and thj.t there
will be a demand for every pound of
copper that can be produced at 12ic
at least, and I am anticipating great
prosperity for the copper producers
in the next few years.
''Then again, I am anticipating
some action in the not far distant fu- j
ture looking to a closer affiliation of j
the copper producers, now that it is
determined what can and cannot be
done in the face of the Sherman
Mormon Church Presideu t
Safford, Ariz., Nov. 21. The L. D.
S. Academy, in Thatcher, will be de
dicated Dec. 15tb and the ceremony
11 probably be conducted by Joseph
F. Smith of Salt Lake City, president
of the Mormon church. The program
planned will occupy the whole day, be
ginning with a parade in the morning.
The afternoon will be devoted to field
sports and in the evening a banquet
will be served in Amusement Hall.
Other distinguished visitors from Utah
are expected to take part.
Upon the arrival of- Governor Joseph Folk, of Missouri, in Clifton this week his
first enquiry was with reference to the Democratic state ticket and its success at the
first state election. At the request of the Era Governor Folk dictated the following
message to Arizona voters:
' 'I would impress upon the democrats of this new state the importance of the com
ing election, not only to Arizona but to the nation. There is a battle going on in the
land today between progressiveism and re-actionaryism, between government for the
people and government for a privileged class. The Arizona constitution prepared by
democrats represents progressiveism and the democratic party here stands for the pro
gressive ideas of the country. A defeat of the democratic candidates or their election
by a slight majority would encourage the re-actionaries all over the land and discour
age those who are fighting for equality of opportunity for all. An overwhelming vic
tory for democracy here would be a tremendous aid in the battle in every state and
would do much to shape the issues for the great contest of 1912.
"The democratic party of Arizona is not only right in its principles but its candi
dates are men who will I believe carry out those principles. The nominee for governor,
Gep. W. P. Hunt, will make a chief executive whose aim will be the common good and
I can heartily endorse him. I understand his associates on the ticket are of the same
high character and are inspired by the same ideals. Their success would be a defeat
for the powers that prey. The democracy here has boldly antagonized the agents, of
greed and it ought to have the enthusiastic support of all advocates of the right of
each man to live and labor and enjoy the fruits of.his honest toil.
'The progressives of the nation wish success to the progressive democracy of the
new commonwealth."
After the third of December, the
demoeratic candidates will split iuto
two parties, one led by Henry F.
Ashurst and the -other by Mark'
Smith.v la the meantime they will Nov. 25; Nogales, Monday, Nov. 21;
travel in a body -and wUl cover a ) Tombstone. Tuesdav, Nov. 28; Doug
large part of the state. . - aa. Wednedav. Njv. 2!,: Disbee.
Mesa, Tuesdav, Nov. 21; Tempe,
Nov. 22; Rav, Nov. 23; Florence, Nov.
24; Clifton, Dec. 2; Morenci, Dec. 3. -
At Morenci the candidates will di
vide. Smith will lead a party con
sisting of W. P. Geary, Dayid John
son, S. W. Cole, O. O. Case, J . C.
Callaghan and Wiley E. Jones. Ash
urst will be at the bead of the sec-
ond party consisting of Carl Hayden, ' Geary, Cole, Chase, Johnson and
George Purdy Bullard. George W. P. I Callaghan in Yuma; Hayden, Bullard
Hunt, Sidney Osborn and F.A.Jones, j and Osborne in Mesa.
The itineary of Sihese parties is as : Saturday, Dec. 9, Ashurst in Doug
follows: las, Smith in Nogales, Hayden iu
Smith party: Miami, Saturday, Tempe.
Nnv. 25; Globe, Monday, Nov, 27;; Monday, Dec. II, Ashurst in Bisbee,
Thatcher, Tuesday, Nov. 28; Safford,
Wednesday, Nov. 29; Willcox, Thurs
day, Nov. 30; Benson. Friday, Dec. 1;
Clitton, Saturday, Dec. 2; Morenci,
Sunday, Dec. 3; Douglas, Monday,
Armory Crowded to Hear Local
Talent Who Outclass Aver
age Road Show Seen Here
Long Delay ot Arizona Copper Co.
' Smelter Subject of Joke
License service soon to appear at 1
the Empire.
Adams Orchestra furnished the ex
tra attraction at the Empire last
Friday night, which was highly ap
preciated by the audience. Remem
ber our "special Fridays."
If you have a song, monologue,
musical duets, or solos, vocal duets,
dance, etc., sell it to the Empire for
their "special Fridays."
They came from Metcalf on a special
train. They came from Morenci in
hacks. From Clifton they walked and
rode on horseback and in carriages.
Last Saturday night all roads led to
the Armory Theater where the attrac
tion was "The Elks Minstrels" given
by Clifton Lodge No. 1174, "Best
People on Earth." The Armory which
can seat more than a thousand people
was comfortably filled. Every chair
was taken and the aundience was com
pelled to content themselves with
bench seats after 8 o'clock.
It seemed like everybody was there
and they cams in a spirit ready to be
liberal with ther applause. The audi
ence had many opportunities and with
out exaggeration the "Elks Minstrels"
' Dec. 4; Bisb.e, Tuesday, Dec. 5; Lo-
well, Wednesday, Dc,'.. 6; Tucson,
! Thursday, Dec. 7.
., ar,. Tucson. Satardnc.
Thursday, Nov. 30; Lowell, Friday,
Dec. 1;' Clifton, Saturday, Dec. 2;
Morenci, Sunday, Dec. 3; Pima, Mon
day, Dec. 4: Globe, Tuesday, DecV 5;
Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 6.
In addition the following special
dates will be filled:
Friday, Dec. 8, Ashurst, Hunt, Jones,
j Smith in Tucson, Hayden in Phoenix,
Hunt in Globe, Geary in Winslow.
This itinerary was decided upon by
the candidates after a conference in
was the equal of an,r musical comedy
that ever visited Clifton.
The first part was a minstrel and
chorus scene with the ttage decorated
in the Elks colors, a large American
flag forming the background. Mr. J.
J. Kelly, past exalted ruler of Clifton
lodge,' acted a Interlocutor with Cal
Cole and Dauber Mason handling the
tarn bos and Messrs. Kyle and Colburn
handling the bones. The curtain raiser
was "Who Are You With Tonight"
by the entire company.
'"I'm Sorry" by Dauber Mason.
"Kiss Me My Honey, Kiss Me," and
Little Puff of Smoke, Good Night,"
by Miss Lenore Davidson.
"I'm an Honorary Member of the
Patsy Club," by Cal Cole. "
"Sugar Moon," by the chorus girls.
"Night and Day" by G. N. Boehm.
"Maybe I'll Come Back" by Roy
"Land of Harmony" by Abe Ferber.
"Come Josephine In My Flying Ma
chine" by the entire com pan v conclud
ing with an old. old story by Cal Cole
composed the first part of the evening's
Special mention is deserved by Miss
Lenore Davidson, the "Sugar Moon
Chorus" and G. N. Boehm, Roy Col
burn and Abe Ferber in the first part.
Len Slessioger, Hebrew Artist.
John Cooper, Scotch Songs.
"Mary Ann," Mildred Weiss, Lydia
Beck, Gertrude Davidson, Mildred
Cotey, M. Turner, Florence Anderson.
- Scotch dances, J. C. McNeil.
Wooden Shoe Dance, Ruth Huss
man, Carrie Young, Gladys Nichols,
Dorris Cotey, Bertha Throm.
"Gee, But it's Great to Moet a
Friend From Your Home Town" L. C.
Picked Democrats as Winners
Three Months Ago
Predicts a Sweeping Victory for Party
' in Arizona
Phoenix, Nov. 25. Col. J. G. Kite,
southwestern representative of the
Solis Cigar Co., of Denver, manufact
urers of the celebrated Dry Climate
cigar, is in the city at the present
time and after a tour of the northern
tier of counties states that it would
not surprise him if every county in
Arizona goes democratic at the com
ing state election.
Now from the ordinary man this
statement might be considered a lit
tle democratic "bunk" but, when Col.
Kite speaks, the world shouldslisten,
for was it not he who three months
ago predicted that the ec :re demo
cratic ticket would be elected in Ne
Mexico and was he not jollied almost
to detraction by his local friends for
the prophecy?
On the night of the New Mexico
election Colonel Kite was in Santa
Fe. When the returns were received
from Eddy county and it was seen
that McDonald had beaten Uursum
by 1200 votes Col Kite threw his bat
in the air and remarked that the
democrats had woo. His Santa Fe
friends smiled. 1 When the returns
came in from Chavez county with
McDonald 1500 to the good over Bur-
sum, Colonel Kite threw his hat on
the roof and declared McDonald
elected by 6000 votes. His friends
smole another smile. Col. Kite could
ot be suppressed howeyer and at 10
o'clock that night with but three or
four counties heard from, be sent a
telegram to Seiim Michelson of this
city stating that McDonald was elect
ed by 6000 votes and that the entire
democratic ticket was elected. Sub
sequent events showed McDonald
elected by 4800 votes and also re
turned the entire democratic ticket
winners. With his New Mexico rec
ord as a basis from whichjto figure,
who can say that Col. Kite is not
SQME political prophet? Therefore,
when the gentleman from Virginia
and Colorado stand up and opines
that every county in Arizona, with
one possible exception, is going dem
ocratic next month, who is there to
say him nay? Nobody.
In conversation this morning Col.
Kite stated that Coconino, long re
garded as a republican stronghold,
would return big majorities for Mark
Smith and Henry Ashurst and it
would not surprise him to see the en
tire state ticket carry that county,
' Phillips-Phillips
Saturday morning Judge Moder
joined in wedlock Clarence Phillips
and Miss May Phillips. They will re
side at Russett Springs about 6 miles
east of Clifton, where Clarence was j
An Appreciative Audience Hears
His Famous Lecture" The
Era of Public Conscience"
Guest of Honor at Democratic
Meeting at Conclusion of '
His Lecture ,
Ex-Governor Jos. W. Folk of Mis
souri made his first appearance in
Clifton on Monday evening last. The
governor came to Clifton under the
auspices of the Clifton High school
and at the Armory on Monday even
ing delivered his famous lecturei
"The Era of Public Conscience" to a
highly appreciative audience. Late
in the evening the governor was the
guest of honor at Prettyman's opera
house where the Clif'on Democratic
club had arranged a democratic rally.
Governor Folk made to speeches
during the evening and a large num
ber took advantage of the occasion
to hear the distinguished speaker at
both meetings.
Governor Folk's lecture was pro
nounced by those who have been so
fortunate as to hear public lecturers
throughout the country, including W.
J. Bryan, to be the equal of any pub
lic lecture given in this country. The
governor heldv his audience without
any difficulty through the entire
course of his lecture. Those who at
tended expecting to hear a dry and
uninteresting' lecture were ' dissa
pointed. The governor dwelt with
the live issues of the day which bad
been brought to light by the awaken
ing of public conscience. For the
benefit of those who were unable to
hear this splendid lecture the Era
produces the following extracts:
There has been a great awakening
or) ':he subject, of i.Alividu.i responsi
bility for the affairs ot city, state
and nation within the last, few yean.
The public conscience has been
aroused against evils, and things are
ago were submitted ta in silence.
The people have come to a realiza
tion of the fact that the government
belongs to them, and they can take it
into their own hands whenever they
wish to do so, and can make it just as
good as they want it or just as bad as
they permit it to become. They have
also learned that if the government .
anywhere neglects the people, it is,
because the people first neglect the v
government, and that if corruption
exists anywhere the people alone are
to blame. If corruption is to be erad
icated the people alone can do it.
There are more good people than
bad people, but the good people are"
usually inactive, while the bad are
generally aggressive. The problem
of good government here and every
where is to make the patriotism of
the people as active as the rotten
ness is.
In the battle against graft some
fights must be lost; with each Dght
lost we should not lose courage, but
battle all the harder. With each
fight won we should not become apa
thetic, and think all has been won. If
the issue could be presented squarely
between public rights and graft,
there would be no doubt as to '.he out
come anywhere, for the majority of
the people here and eyery where will
do right when they know right. The
representatives of graft and privi
lege are too shrewd, however, to per
mit a plain issue of that kind to go
before the people. They adroitly
manage to complicate the main issue
with other questions so as to be wider
and confuse men of the best inten
tions. In this way they'divide the
forces in opposition. If those who'
stand for the public welfare could be
united, and stay united as the repre
sentatives of graft and privilege are
always united, then the forces of er
ror here and everywhere could be
easily vanquished.
Those who object to progress do not
usually put their protest upon th
true ground, but they seek some
other pretext. They ask why is not
this or that done. If one examines
the source of a complaint like this,
he will usually find that it is not be
cause of a desire that reform be made
more thorough, but to discredit what
is being done. If one sincerely de
sires progress in the way of better
things, instead of criticism he will
give his help in the accomplishment
of the things wished for. Reform al-
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