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Rocky Ford Enterprise.
TWENTY-FIRST YEAR. SOLUTION OF THE BEET HAULING PROBLEM J«tM H. Bnflum in the Beet Sugar Gazette saysi The eager beet industry h»» so far advanced toward that point where comparative perfection must charac terise the various phases of its op eration that within a very few years we shall have arrived at a stage where hut few improvements will be looked for. We are not there yet. however. In the beet field, at the purely agricul tural end. problems confront the farmer fully as essential to economi cal culture and handling of beets as exist in the mechanical departments. It is to be questioned, for instance, if the subject of hauling has been given sufficient study to perfect that branch of the industry, in keening with the progress made along other lines. Un questionably much loss occurs in this work—the main object sought by the average producer being to get the beets transported from field to re ceiving station with the greatest pos sible dispatch, without due rega rd for the cost or economy thereof. With most sugar men the estimate usually placed upon the cost of haul ing is probably 40 cents per ton for die first mile, with an added as cents lor each succeeding mile. Practic il ly, with conditions normal, this esti mate is high. In the Garden City area this year any number of team sters stood ready to handle the work FATALLY BURNED James M. Weir Lights Kitchen Fire From Gasoline Can i AND DIES WITHIN A FEW HOURS He nietook the KcroMOO end fl.no lino Cana and Paid for the Mistake with Ills Life A most shocking and fatal burning accident occured in town, or rather just on the south border of it, Wednesday morning. James Weir, a carpenter, who lives on Wost Washington avenue was fatally burned with gasoline, living only a fsw hours after the occurence. Mr. Weir got up Wednesday morning to light the kitchen fire. It did not burn as readily as he would like and he went out on his porch for the kerosene can intending to hurry the warmth with some of the fluid By a most unhappy accident he picked up a can that contained gasoline, and a moment after there was an explosion. |The can burst in the man's hands and the I umiom was filled with the flames. The even blew open the doors to other rooms and flung some of the firo into a pantry, where it ignited materia' on the floor. Mr. Weir was clad in his overalls and under and overshirt, but these gave him little protection, the upper garments being practically consumed on *is body, about three-fourths of the area of which was reached and the skin des troyed. The faco and hands caught tho full force of the bursting flames and were a ghastly sight when the surgeons were called to him. A streak of the fire coursed down one leg making a horrid scar The cries of the injured man as well as the noise of tho explosion brought Mre. Weir down stairs, and rushing to the porch where her husband had gone she wrapt him in a bed quilt. In getting to him the soles of her own feet were frightfully burned in the blazing fluid on the oilclqth floor covering. Mr Weir’s cries cries awaked his nearest neighbors. B. F. Fotd, David Piper and D. D. Wiley and they were quickly on the scene. An alarm of fire was turned in but in the excitement the location was not given. The fire boys were promptly at the firo housa and the horses in harness, but they wa ted for news of the location, which did not come, and they did not leave the house. The fire was easily controlled by tht neighbors with buckets. Mr. Weir was taken to the Pollock hospital where at 85 cents per ton on a three-mile' haul. This is a fair illustration. as I from two and a half to three miles, will undoubtedly be found the average distance of fields from their respect-1 ive receiving stations. We must give the beet farmer cred- 1 it for some degree of sanity in this j matter of distance. Other conditions being equal, he has located his patch I as close to the factory or beet station as possible, yet it is to be feared that too few have given the matter ade quate thought and attention. Cer tainly the cost of the haul is vital »o the profit question. When the pro ducer is paying $1 per ton for cartage something is radically wrong. Dis tance alone may be responsible for this discrepancy or general conditions may be at the root of the evil. Here are some facts: With excellent roads two horses pulling suitable dumps can draw three tons on the level. 1 Four horses can haul five tons, the vehicle being adapted to the work. < Hauling from a point distant three miles, but two load* can be delivered in one dav, unless conditions about 1 the scale house are away above the ordinary. This, then, is expensive, whatever hitch be employed. It is well in passing to add to this discussion of transportation a remark apropos to a common neglect among the growers. In allotting contracts for beet hauling, the majority of pro- 1 duccrs allow compensation for grots his frightful wounds were dressed but no hope of his surviving wes entertained. He lived until about 2 p.m. The funeral of the unfortunate man Ukes place this (Friday) afternoon at 5:00 o’clock from the home, under Masonic auspices, the address being made by local pastors. Mr. Weir was born in the state of Missouri, in the yoar *4B, making him 59 years of age. Thero is a family of six children, only the two youngest of whom were at home at the time of the disaster. Mrs. Weir is still suffering from hor burns, as wall as from the harrowing ex perience through which she has passed, and the sympathy of tho community is widly expressed for the household. Masonic Funeral Notice JAMES M. WEIR To inouibprs of St. John’s Lodge. No. 75, nnd to all Masons in Rocky Ford: A special communication of St John’s Lodge, No. 75, A. F. and A. M., is hereby called to meet in the Masonic Hall at 1:30 o’clock p. m. January 10, 1008, to conduct the funeral service of our late brother, James M. Witr. Funeral from the residence at 3 o'clock. Geo. E. Preble, W. M H. A. Steadman, Sec. Another Victim of Whooping Cough. Last week the Enterprise noted the death of the two year old daughter of Mr and Mrs. Earl Vescelus, of 507 N. Eleventh street. The ii tie girl was one of twins, and it is now our sad duty to chronicle the death of the remaining twin from the same malady- whooping cough. Tne demise occurred on Sunday night and the funeral was'neld from the family home on Tuesday morning. Rev. Potashinsky officiating. Sincere sympathy is extend ed the bereaved parents, who have re sided in Rocky Ford only two months, as well as to the grandmother of the little ones. Mrs. C. R. Vescelus, who about a year ago left the old t ome in South Bend, |nd.. and has been res ding with her niece Mrs. J. M. Kelsay. The Woman’s Club. The Woman’s C' b met with Mrs. Wietzer Saturday, Dec. 28. The pro gram was very interesting. A reading of Wagner’s opera ’Tannhauser” was given by Mrs Cunningham. “Tann hauser March” was played by Miss Barkley and a song 'Evening Star" by Mrs. Van Buskirk. The Club will meet with Mrs. Van Buskirk January 1 1. The program will be a special one and a full attendence of members requested. ROCKY FORD, COLORADO. FRIDAY. JANUARY 10. 1908. tonnage. This is a mistake. Pay -1 ment per ton should be based on net I weight, making the hauler responsible for tare. When this stipulation is I made, loading Is done more carefully, for the contractor has lost all incen | live to shovel on everything available : that has weight, and he will govern ! his work by the weather. 1 Present methods are far from eco nomic. What appears to be a rem edy, however, has been h’* ’.a by a few producers in one i»| Kfta«a« areas: at least, some 4 tsants have been conducted I<k % **ard a solution of thi* probtei Waver viewed, the fact is gratil «su«r of the evident dispositi, *ure«t in the matter and the obvious desire for improvement in methods. In the section referred to the steam traction j engine supplies the motive power, | drawing a gang of four or five wag-, ons. It is conceded that this method possesses many advantages over any other. Engine power can make a three-mile haul twice a day, pulling four or five dumps of five-ton capac ity each—a valuable cargo! In dis cussing both pros and cons, it must be confessed that at least one objec tion arises through the unrelenting strain upon wagons and gear, as. when encountering irregularities, and holes in the roadbed, there is no •give” on the part of the engine, a severe tension being thus maintanned. This objection, of course, will be STATE BANK SUSPENSION I, Creates Serious Commotion in Local Business Circles. RECEIVERSHIP ASSIGNED TO G. M. HALL Who will ax xoon ax Possible Make an Official Report of Assets j and Liabilities. Widespread concern and commo tion in the community of Rocky Ford and the surrounding country * follow ed the news of the suspension of the State Hank of Rocky Ford last Thursday morning, as was a perfectly natural result of an event of such far reaching effect. By Friday morning the feeling in many quarters was in tense. Deposits had been received up to the closing hour on Tuesday I night, and Wednesday, New Year day, was a hank holiday. The wild ; cst kind of reports went out regard- I ing the disappearance of the officers ! and the like, and no story was .00 improbable to find repeaters. Our merchants had in many cases turned in their holiday sales receipts, and they were naturally on the anxious bench about meeting impending bills. A committee from among them was informally appointed to wait upon the bank officers for a statement of the situation, and upon the State Bank Examiner then in charge. From hint it was learned that a Receiver would be appointed, and it was fur ther learned that a petition was al * ready in circulation for the appoint -3 ment of Col. Jas. A. Lockhart to that . position. This looked like snap ac tion on the part of somebody and ’ aroused suspicion and the next move 8 was a committee named to go to the 3 district court and ask for delay in 1 naming a Receiver until some sort of L general agreement upon an appointee ! could be made by the depositors. 1 This committee, headed by Judge H. 0 M. Minor went to Pueblo early bat y urday morning and succeeded in ob _ taining from the court a promise to delay action until Monday morning. ” A meeting of depositors was then e called for 4 p. m. Saturday. a The Depositors Meeting. I The depositors’ meeting held last 3 Saturday afternoon, to consider their situation as creditors c ic sus pended State Bank resul l a very unanimous decision to a • the ap pointment of G. M. Hal' Receiver, i. This action was in large inspired -by the fact that son resumed , close friends of the officers seemed to be taking premature steos 8 to get Col. Lockhart named by the " court for this position. The confi -18 dcnce of the community in the integ- Y rity of Col. Lockhart had only been 11 1 disturbed by the haste of some of 'Jj i his friends in seeking his appoint Continued on Eighth Page readily ovrrcomc in the natural pro cesses of improvement. It miifht readily be seen that tome scheme of co-operation among the growers in adjoining districts would work to great advantage in mutual benefit vfcesi it comes to economy in hauling. A feasible plan would be for them to pool their beets at giv en p°i*t. on main arteries of travel and employ engine power for the long haul to station. The individual proem tr' could have his ready filled wagog to the nearest assembling point, vhich w< old naturally be at a junctx A of thoroughfare*. This would prove especially effective in thickir settled areas. Here we have but Otc man devoting hi» entire time to axontinuous mileage proposition, instead of a driver to every six or ten tmi per day. Every beet grower Is fimUUr with the exasperating waitUibcfore the scale house, the sec ond Wait for taking of tare, with the other.'annoyances incident to unload ing. _*Teama with one man can be stationed at the receiving dump to handle the wagons at the factory end. It is aeithcr permissible nor practica ble for any engine to mount a dump or cvkti to cross the scales. Bqgond oubt the day is fast ap probating when to the problem of beeiliauling will be applied the same modern principles of economy now enjoyed throughout other deaprt menta of the industry. 1 * A Silent Coterie It would seam that there arc enough paopta who suffer the affliction of being daaf mutes now resident in the Arkansas ■ Valley to put them in a c ess by them ■ *elvs«*> fraternally and socially, and so they have lately organized "The Arkansas Valley Association of tho Deaf." The officers are: President. W. B. Rosson, | Manzanola; Vice President. J. M. Bradish. |La Junta; Secretary, T. Y. Northorn, | Rocky Ford; Treasurer. J. C Closscn. La 'Junta. It has been started with twelve | members, and Secretary Northern says ; there aro at least as many more who will ! probably join them. The organization be comes a branch of tho "Stato Association ' of the Deaf." and it is tho intention of tho j Valloy branch to try nnd get tho stato meeting held in Rocky Ford next sum mer. They aro holding monthly socials, tho first of which was hold Jan. 4 with Messrs Northorn and Cowhick at tho Burr home. Swink avenue, where they room. Northorn says: ‘Never Mind about tho menu, only rost assured wo didn’t quit Our * wy§ on Suits and Over- 1 coats continues I We mean we I advertise. Gome in and see us Ried S. Turner. SKBS South Main St. The Simple Fare! Btt>i*l Cut Outs 41 Its 25c Hulk Out Meal, 4ll»s 25c Crucked Hominy, bibs 25c Fluked Hominy, bibs 25c Buuer Kraut,front lmr’l, <|t 10c Borghum, from Imrrcl, gul (i()c Dry Liniu Beans, ... ..'illis 25c Navy Menus, 4llis 25c Mexicun B -ana, tilbs 25c Best Jap Rico 3lbs 25c Fancy Heud Bice... .2lbs 25c •nc lAL Choice Cured Haunt,. -124 c lb Good Ben Duvitt Apples, per box, $2.50 We are simply Grocers. Our business is to give our patrons the best vulucs for the least expenditure. Let us fill your wants for any thing in groceries, either staple or funcy. WB HAVE IT. KIMZEY GROCERY COMPANY Sellers of Good Thln&s to Bat hungry. And as to tho program: Well, It is safe to say there wasn’t any boister ous or profsne oratory. In fact such will not bs tolerated at the association meet ings." Protracted Meetings. Rev. Harter of tho Christian church announces the opening of a full week of protracted meetings commencing Sunday next, and invites everybody to get there The themes he has salocted and the dates for them are as follows: Sunday morning: "Our Lord’s Last Command and tho Non-Christian World.” Sunday evening: “The Beginning of the New Covenant church.” Monday evening: “The Foundation of the New Covonant church." Tuesday ovenmg: “Lifo in tho Now , Coovnant church." Wednesday evening; "Life in the | Modorn church." Thursday ovoning: "Tho man of tho World and the church." Friday evening: "Who aro tho ‘Branches' of the church?" Saturday evening: "If a Man D:o Shall Ho Livo Again?" M&nagor Dawley of tho English Lum ber Co. says a number of largo mill con cerns that closed down in November an nounce that they will resumo sawing in a few weeks, and make bright predictions for tho spring building trade. NO. 32 Spring Water Now on Tap. Major Fosdick and his partners in the Pure Springs Water Co. camo down from Fowler on Tuesday morning to inspect their pipe system which is now deliver ing water at the town limits. A stand pipe has been erected at a point just west of the city line and close to the Santa Fe tracks, and as soon as the water has flowed sufficiently to clear the pipe line of any deleterious matters or paint flavors thev are prepared to sell spring water in tank tats to anybody who wants it. They expect to concludo such arrangements with the city council as will pormit of running the pipe lino through the town i from east to west, and placing the stand | pipe at somo convenient point close in. The U. A. Club Celebrates New Years. i , Tho U. A. Club, which is composed of a neighborhood circle living in tho Coun j try immodiatoly south of tho town, held a vary social meeting at the home of Mrs. J. C. Ginter on Now Yoar’s cvo. Tho occasion was a surprise upon Mrs. Gin ter who is president of the club, and who is about to remove from the neighbor hood. In very j »l.y fashion tho members watchod tho old year out and tho now vear in. and st trted on tho diurnal lad dor of 1908 with tho ploasurablo sonca- I tions that attend whero “good digestion I waits on apreti’o ”