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Rocky Ford Enterprise.
TWENTY-FIRST YEAR. THE STATE BANK IN STATU QUO None of the Rumors of Relief for the Depositors is Realized REPORTED REQUISt* • TION FOR ARRESTS *«cMv<r IM wK RBqalro Thrm yt to Mako ffutiaoat. Tte local bank situation does not defi nitely prooont any new phaeee Intbe week that has olapood oinca our loot rsport. Tba moot sensational now* of yaotordoy was that a requisition had boon mod# to tbo district attoroay for papora of orraot for tba bank officer*. Enquiry at tba oflteee of tbo attorney and tft# tborifT failed to ernfirm tba rumor. District At torney McDaniel* declined to answer any questions, aa did also those depositors who attended a meeting held Wednesday night That meeting left any depositor present to act in the metier on his own initiative, and the popular assumption is that somebody acted Thursday morning. At a meeting of a number of depositors of the State Bank, held on the night of Jan. 16. the following resolution was adopted: “Whereas. The committee sppointed by these depositors to confer with the bank officials reporting that the said officials have refused to assign any of their prop erty to a Trustee or tho Receiver of tho said bank for tho benefit of all depositors, and the said depositors assembled, believ ing nothing further can be done, beiiove it advisable to discharge said committee. -Now we. the depositors assembled, having discharged said committee, with to report to all of the depositors that wo do not believe that we ran no anything further along this line.** i An interview with Receiver Rail brings only the statement that it will require several days yet to complete tho stalu men* of the bank's affairs, and as soon as this is done it will be given to the public. While the Beet Growing farmers were in meeting assembled at Odd Fellows hall Saturday afternoon. Judge Minor appeared on the scene and asked the presiding officer if he would he permitted to give the gath ering a message that did not pertain to beets, i.c was accompanied by Miss McCoy, tho stenographer from the State Hank. The Judge was given the privilege of the floor and said that he came with a message from Mr. John E. Ciodding lie wished it to he under stood that he did not come, to the meeting as the attorney of Mr. God ding. nor yet as the attorney of Mr. Hall, the receiver of the State Rank; he came simply to deliver a message as it had been given him. and what he said would be taken down by a stenographer that what he did say might he verified if necessary after wards. Mr. Godding had called him up by 'phone and asked him if he would take a message to this meet ing. and with Mr. Hall’s consent he, had promised to do so. The mess-; age was this: Mr. Godding wished to say that ’ three plans were on foot with a view to rc-opcninp the State Rank, one or other of which he had reason to be lieve would be successful. That each of those plans included the purpose to nay every depositor of the hank dollar for dollar of his deposit: that ■either of the plans would be adopt ed except with that condition, rlc wished this gathering to know that lie was working hard to effect this result and was hopeful of success. Barrett-Lawton The home of J. W. Lawton was the scene of a quiet wedding on Wednesday , evening, when his eldest daughter, Miss Ida Lawton, was wedded to James Bar rett of Pueblo. Rev. S. C. Green offici ated. and after the ceremony and con gratulations the limited company of guests sat down to a bountiful wedding supper. The newly wedded young peupfe are acquaintances uf long standing, Mr. Bar rett's family being former residents of Rocky Ford. They left for Pueblo Wed nesday morning, where they will take up their residence. Miss Lawton has been connscted with the telephone "central" for a long time and was a valued em ploye. Last Monday afternoon the "Guest Girls” of the Baptist church gave the prospective bride a most cordial and en joyable "send off.” It was held at the home of Miss Maud Kimzey. Postmaster Lance reports that the ad ditional mail service promised him as soon as the Santa Fe mail equipment Wat provided for it, is now in vogue, and this means that Rocky Ford now has a very full and convenient mail service, hat in fact all it can possibly get with the present train schedule of the Santa Fe, In respect of mails therefore our town's business interests are well taken care of under present postoffice management. ARTS AND CRAFTS DAY. The Woman's Club Enjoys a Very Practical Program. Tho Woman’s Club met with the presiding officer, Mrs. Vanßuskirk, last Saturday, instead of with Mrs. Paul Hardey, withdrawn from resi dence in town. It was "arts and crafts” day; but the program opened with a piano duet by Mrs. Cunning ham and Miss Barkley and a reading from Riley, "The Bear,” by Mrs. A. M. Jackson. Then followed a paper by Mrs. G. H. Taylor on arts and crafts teaching in Inc schools of Eu rope; having to do mainly with the firogress of sloyd or manual train ng in the public schools of the var ious nations. It merely indicated the rapid growth of the manual train ing sentiment and the close relation between manual dexterity and the artistic taste of a people. Mrs. D. W. Lewis, supplying the place va cated by Miss Dean, treated the Sowth of the same sentiment here America. An incident of the pro gram was the presentation from the manual training department of the Rocky' Ford schools of a woodwork souvonir in the form of a drinking glass cover, to each member of the club. A vote of thanks was duly passed for the mementos. But the fine thing of the program was the paper of Mrs. Kendig on “The Child Boautiful,” which she read with exceptional skill and con cluded beautifully with the quotation of Longfellow's well known tribute: ••I'ome ton**, n y*» children! For I hear jro»i at jrotir play." me Mrs. Vanßuskirk contributed a vo cal solo as well as presiding over thr meeting. A Sunday Morning Smoke. A fire broke out in the new Gobin block Sunday morning. The man in charge of the furnace was warming thing<> up for the late Sunday morn ing sleepers in the rooms above and narrower escaped overdoing it. The floor joist over the furnace took fire. The fire boys were on hand with even more than their usual celerity, hut they found the fire hard to get at and had to chop a hole in the floor before they could gel water on the flames. Roy Korney's barber shop occupies the ground floor sect inn right over the furnace room, and it was a close shave for • lie expensive fittings of the shop. The whole up per floor of twenty rooms was chok ed with smoke ns well a- the barber shop. The Hop l.ces who are now. conducting the cafe of the Rlock. hopped around anxiously while the fire brigade was in charge of the premises. But a little paint and whitewash will make everything good ns new. Looks Like a Dry Summer. It looks as if the whole Arkansas Valley would go "dry” next spring. Campaigns arc already opened in the towns of Salida, Lamar and Las Ani mas for the expurgation ‘of the sa loon at the next municipal elections. In the first named town as yet the agitation has only gone the length of demanding Sunday closing. Six ministers and laymen of the town went the rounds last Sunday night and found every liquor joint with open doors; and they will testify to the court. In Lamar the anti-saloon war is reported to he quite warm. Of Lis Animas full reports arc not in and the outside world is apt to he incredulous. That it will go dry any time in the immediate future seems as improbable as "Posty,” in the "Bonnie. Brier Bush,” "taking to milk.” A Sugar City correspondent says: Sugar City has not escaped the wave of reform. The pool rooms arc closed—to minors—and in other wavs long forgotten laws arc being enforced. Ditch Co.'s Annual Meeting. The Rocky Ford Ditch Co. held its, annual stockholders meeting i last* Monday at the office of L. R. Fenla son. Nothing of general interest pertaining to the reports of the year developed in the meeting. In the ab sence of Secretary Hall. L. R. Fcn lason did the work of official scribe. But the same hoard of directors as last year were elected and the same permanent officers for the board were chosen. The assessment for ditch maintenance too was the same as last year—s 6 per water right share. Burned Her Hands Badly. Principal Bertha Forbes, of the Liberty school building will do no spanking of her pupils this week. Last Saturday evening at tho home of her sister, Mrs. C. R. Price a Rochester lamp flared up and set fire to some curtains and baby clothing suspended in the room, and in the vigorous fight Mrs. Forbes put up with the flames her arms and par ticularly the palms of her hands were badly burned. But she got the fire out, and without any help from the fire department: which only vindi cates our lady principal’s reputation for doing what she takes in hand. (State Bank Depos- ; • itors Meeting called :: Ifor Saturday, 1 p.m., j I. O. O. F. Hall. ! ROCKY FORD, COLORADO. FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1908. BEET GROWERS ARE BOILING i They Met Saturday Only to \ Learn that Price was Cut Half a Dollar I 1 A NEW CONTRACT l IS OUT FOR 1908 I i AM aßlf RaNy will be Held Set erdiy Week to INirtm It > The adjourned annual meeting of ! the Otero Co. Beet Growers Protec , live Association met in Odd Fellows \ hall last Saturday afternoon to hear t the report of their grievance com- I mittee. named the previous Saturday \ to wait upon the sugar factory mans- I gers at Rocky Ford and at swink. It was the popular belief this year's i meeting had passed off with so little i manifestation of dissatisfaction on ! the part of the growers with their • consumers that everything was to* i rene in this branch of our local ag : riculturc. Hut half the week, had hardly passed before the Association found it had not been reckoning with , the head of the table. The fac.ory . people announced that they intended to pay only $450 per ton for beets that tested less than 15 per cent of Miliar. The new* of this decision , had travelled far enough before the ! second meeting, held Saturday, to , develop a good deal of wrath in the ’ I ranks of the growers, ami the meet- I ing Saturday was well attended. There was all the hall would hold and many more than it would seat. Hon. W. B. Fbbcrt, the president elect of last Saturday, took his place and begun his new inaugural by an nouncing his surprise at his rc-elec , tion to the presidency after a period , of retirement; bis appreciation of the ! honor And his determination to re tire again as soon as the Association , found time to determine upon his sue . ccssor. In a very forceful ami rather warm . arraignment of the corporations' flit- J regard of labor’s rights Mr. Fbbcrt (delivered a twenty minutes address.' ! touching on the proposed reduction . of the price for beet growing. The chair then called for the re , tort of the Grievance Committee, an J . it was made by Roy Blakey nf Man- ( I canola, supplemented by Hurt Brown < <»f Wietxcr. Tlicxc gentlemen recited 1 quite fully the interviews had witn Managers of the Rocky Ford and Ihe Swink factories. They had spent j .some three hours with Mr. Wietxcr ami about one hour with the manager of the Swink factory. They had learned from the former that A. R. S. Co. purposed revising their con -1 tract with the growers this year so that only $4.50 per ton would, he paid' for heels that did not exceed 15 per cent of sugar. Mr. Wietxcr had nr ! dared that the average sugar content for the past season's crop had not i been more than 13.7 per cent, and : that only about to per cent of the crop had gone over 15 per cent. At | Las Animas the average had been lower, at Lamar still lower; the farthest* cast the worse it had got. This was the reason given for depart - ’ ing from the $5 flat rate of last year. On the other points, Mr. Wictzcr's reply was that he had no knowledge ■ of any agreement cvec made to aban don the dump charges after the col ’ lections bad met the first cost of the dumps, and he did not anticipate tint the dumpage fee would over be dim inated. In reference to the price of seed he hail said that it had been tho '• intention of his Co. to make it ta per lb. But he had urged that the | raising ofr the price would cause th; ‘ grower to plant sparingly and the re sult would he a poorer stand of beets which would be e disadvantage to both the grower and the factory. Being asked if the Co. had ever lost | on its sale, of seed he had replied not j until this year when so much had | been supplied without charge for re | planting after* the late frost. He had ; said there would be no change as to rules of irrigation, except that they would insist on less irrigating at times when water was calculated 10 : lessen the sugar content of the beet. ' This was the substance of Mr. Blak ; ey’s report, which he amplified with ' interjections of criticisms as he went | along. ; Mr. Brown briefly said that the ; Swink .management had told the committee that while their factory ’ did not come into the field with any | intention of beating down the price ; of beets they would be governed in ; general by the same rules as the A. B. S. Co. insisted upon; that they ’ were not in a position to make any better terms than other factories. . Mr. Daniels—whom the meeting’s , enthusiastic reception of \vould indi , cate that they took him for a Daniel 1 come to judgment—got the floor and | wanted the sense of the meeting ta , ken immediately on the $4.50 per ton 1 question—whether to grow’ or not to J grow? . Chairman Elibcxt advised that the | question be not settled too prccipi ! tatcly. He seemed to think the mect • ing might have more sense if it went | slower. He. cited the fact that in the , northern part of the state las' win ■ tor the growers had very hastily and [ unanimously resolved not to grow . beets on the terms offered by the fac tories, and they had just as unani mously abandoned their resolution afterwards and accepted the contract. He however gave Mr. Daniels the floor, and for five minutes that gen tleman in fervid eloquence repudiated the beet growers slavery to the beet grinder and called upon all his fel low-growers to follow him to victory, or starvation. ' The meeting applauded vociferous-. ly. But it took President Ebbert'a advice to go slow about taking a vote and proclaiming the sense of the meeting. W. H. Allen took the floor to show that the Sugar Co. hadn't furnished him free seed for second planting, and offered the company’s bill for seed to him in evidence. The previous question — to adopt the report of the Grievance Commit tee—wa* then called lor, and it was adopted. President Ebbert reported a con versation had with Manager Wietaer in reference to tonnage, asking him if ten tons was a fair acreage of last year's crop. Mr. Wietaer had put it at eleven tons. Reckoning that it cost S4O per acre to raise beets, which was agreed to be about the cost, it was easy to figure what the margin would be at $4 5° prr ton. Mr. Bole, urged organisation for unless they sto«»d together they could not secure their demands. If they had to <iuit growing they could quit a* a body when they failed to get fair play. The President's suggestion that the meeting take an adjournment till Saturday following, or two weeks hence, and in the meantime ret the growers more fully fully organized, was acted 011. Some debate as to one or two weeks for advertising the meeting followed and Saturday, the 45th in*t., was finally decided upon. It' was proposed and agreed that the whole Arkansas Valley he appealed to to organize and send representa tives to the later meeting A rally for increased membership in the pres ent organization was suggested. The I clair '.u<! the reason f«»r reducing the membership fee to 35c was not that they had no need of money, but in order that every grower might come into the organization. This was he chance to d<> so. Solicitors were sent down each aisle of the hall .mil when ! they returned they were aide to re port a total of 313 members, and the [ fees in hand. The desultory debate as to the best date for the adjourned meeting was • interjected with several other mat tors, mainly the question whether 1 *wc year contracts now standing with 1 high line canal growers \v mid be af-1 fccted by the S.| 50 proposal. Roy Blakey said there was an op tinnal clause by which the Co. an' [due notice, could decide whether the I grower* should raise the maximum J | lor a less .icreage; and the less tnigh: ,i he none at all. ! I Geo. Lackey said lie had never 1] 'seen such a clause ns that in it. I Mr. Blakey said it was in small type at the bottom where an ordin ary man wouldn’t see it. . .Then the meeting took a laugh out J of George. 1 But Mr. Blakey made it all right* by saying it bad taken him two years to sec it. j A form of contract was produced \ and the clause found and read. But it was also found that notice to de crease acreage must he given by Nov. Ist. That settled it for this year. The meeting instructed the chair to name two men to carry the news of organization up and down the Val ley and rally the local associations to meet and appoint delegates. Ex penses of travel to he paid out of Association funds. Somebody proposed paying the faithful secretary of the Association, Clem. V. Ryan, some compensation for his labors, which at times were quite onerous. But Mr. Ryan de clined the consideration, expressing his willingness to serve his fellow beet growers without charge, except for such items as postage and sta tionary. It was decided to call the adjourn ed meeting for 10 a. m. instead of af ternoon. Then the meeting adjourned. Hold# Annuel Meeting The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank was held on Tuesday. The new board of directors chosen consists of Humphry Best. Charles Recker, John Van Horne. W. L. Jackson. John F. Ritchie, J. R. Cunningham and George H. Harris. The only important changa made by the meeting wee the retirement of Thos. H. Stratton from the presidency and the directorate. The directors met Wednes day morning and elected their officers. J. R Cunningham was chosen president, Charles Rtcker vies president and Geo. H. Harrfe cashier. The current street rumor that certain Pueblo monied men had been taken into tHe bank is only true to the extent that ome overtures have been made by said :>«rties to corns in. No dsfinits action (men taken on the proposition as yat. Jud;e Carrol C. Boggs, of Fairfield, II i~d his son, R. L. Boggs, of Spring l H , were Rocky Ford visitors on •y. enroute home from a profsssion i< o New Mexico. While in town t guests of the family of their n. D W. Barkley. Judge Bogg-- I onnerly chief justice of the Illinois .. ne court, and his son is a rising •T lawyer of the Sucker capital. A Feast of Crackers Banquet Flakes (tailed) |sc Graham Cradun, lOe Bent's Hardwatcr Biscuits Lemon Snaps, Sc Ginger Snaps, Sc Vanilla Wafers. Kk Fig Newtons. 10c Social Tea, 10. Fcstino, 25c Nabisco. 25c Cocoanut Dainties, Hk Unecda Biscuit. Sc City Sodas. 10c Animals, Sc Shell Oyster. 10c We have the Substantial as well as the Appetizers Call on us for anything in groceries KIMZEY GROCERY COMPANY Seller. s of Good Things to Bat OLD MEXICO HOMES BIG EXCURSION An American Colony Just Closing in the I Tampico Valley. The new town of LAS PLANTINAS is located eight miles from Valles end 76 miles from Tampico. Old Mexico. I.'oo miles due south of this city. 58.000 acre-, of this beautiful valley has been sub-divided into 5.497 Farms and 5.497 Tcwn Lots. SIOO less 5 per cent for cash, or SIO down and SIO a month buys one of these beautiful town lots and a farm in the now American Colony located on tho Valles River and Mexican Central Railroad. The home of the Orango, Banana, Pinoapplo. Lemon, and Lime which can Ho seen growing in their natural wild state on tho land of this colony, where frosts, cyclones, blizzards and tornadoes are unknown. Where we need on irrigation, whero Winter and Summer aro alike with a possible chango of 14 degrees. A free lecture on the street at 2:50 p. m. Saturday. Don't miss it if you are in any way interested in securing a home for old age. For further information call at the Brown Place, Gobin Block. A. IMF. AVERY Free lecture in I. O. 0. F. HaJI, Saturday evenfng at 8 o’clock, on the customs and habits of the inhabitants of Old Mcxibo, and the opportunities offered investors. Ladies are specially invited. Fit, Distinctive and don’t charge you MAM IN NSW YOB* n J lieiMiUssl extra. This is the reason our trade grows bigger every month. VVe back every statement with “T2ie G-oods” Big Discount on Suits and Overcoats still on at “The Good Clothes Store” Anderson Bros. South Main St. Reid S. Turner, Mgr. NO. 3S