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When to Register. The laws are changed so frequently that it is next to impossible to keep track of them. It may bo safely stated, however, that this year voters can register at any time prior to forty days before election, which this year is September 24 and can thus be authorized to vote at the general elec tion of November 4th. All Great Registers are canceled this year, so that the voter who has not registered during the current year of 1902 must register or lose his vote this year. If tho voter's name is on the Great Register he may get a transfer from ono precinct to another at any time prior to ten days before election, which this year is October 25th. If the voter is a new citizen of this State the law requires that he shall have resided in the State one year prior to the casting of a vote. How ever, he may register at any time even though he may not have resided in the State one year at the time of such registry, provided he shall have resided in the State one year prior to the date of the election, at which he proposes to vote. The law providing for the cancel ling of the Great Register and requir ing all voters to re-register at stated intervals is a bad law. The average citizen can never know definitely whether he is registered or not, un less he devotes more time to studying this question than is ordinarily de voted to such subjects by busy busi ness men. The Great Register should never be entirely canceled, but after each gen eral election in the even numbered years, the voting list at such general election should be compared with the Great Register and all names on the Great Register not found on the poll ing lists should be removed from such Great Register and such persons should be required to re-register be fore he can again vote. This should be the penalty placed upon the voter for not casting his vote at a general election. In this way the names of actual voters only are found on the Great Register and one source of corrup tion — the voting of dead men's names — is eliminated from consideration. If a man does not vote when he has the right to vote he should be re quired to make another application for that right. Such a law would save thousands of dollars to the State and much valu able time and worriment to the voter. If a man does not vote and then for gets to re-register and thus loses his vote, the State has not lost much — the number of non-intelligent voters is simply reduced. Such a law should be enacted by the Legislature next winter and then it should be left on the statute books long enough for the voters to become acquainted with it. Date Culture in Arizona. The government is going into the business of date culture on a large scale. At the experiment station, north of Phoenix, there has just been planted the largest date orchard in America, and perhaps in the world. Five acres have been planted — of var ious brands and species imported from Africa, besides about one thou sand seedlings. The big orchard here is planted from the suckers secured by Professor Fairchild. The Department of Agriculture seems to have no doubt that the date palm wll ultimately solve the pTob lera of what to do with the arid and alkali lands of 'Arizona and other western localities. Experiments which have been in progress for several years here by the government sta tions and private owners and growers have demonstrated the great possibil ities of tho industry. Professor D. O. Fnirchild, agricultural explorer for the department, now traveling .In Africa, has procured stock from the delta of the Nile,' which he has ship ped to the department, and which are being distributed In the southwestern part of the country. The date ' palm, although grown profitably only in arid and semi-arid regions, is not, in the proper sense of the word, a desert plant. It requires a supply of moisture at the roots, and at the same time it delights in a perfectly dry and very hot climate. The date palm Is able to stand much more cold than the orange tree, but not so much as the peach tree. While the culture of the date fruit is new in the United States, the date palm has long been grown in some localities. In Florida, California and Arizona and restricted areas in a few States it has been grown in the open ground. In Florida it seldom fruits, and the fruit produced is, from an economic standpoint, practically worthless. At Altar and Hermosillo, in Sonora, the early plantings of the mission fathers have been continued to the present time, and many seed ling dates growing in these cities and other places in Sonora are now pro ducing a fairly good quality of fruit, bunches of which occasionally find their way to American cities. At Tucson, Ariz., a large date palm, twenty-five feet in height, is growing on a ranch owned by Joaquin Car rillo. This date was planted prior to 1865, and Is probably the oldest date ORDER YOUR AWNINGS BY MAIL Why pay the commission man when you can buy direct from our factory? Get your Awnings made to order; you get better work, better satisfaction and get them fully 25% cheaper. Our Awnings are adjustable, close folding, made on strong frames with best fast color cover- ings. Simply send us width of windows or porch, stating if plain or fancy canvas is desired, or send for samples and select pattern yourself. 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At Yuma, however, there are records of dates that have been bearing ten to fifteen years, and it is ivobable numbers of them have fruited for a number of years longer. The earliest dates raised in California were at the missions along the coast at San Diego and northward, a region where the date palm grows to the size of large trees and fre quently blossoms, but where the fruit does not perfectly develop, on account of the humidity of the atmosphere end lack of intense heat. In a few places in California dates planted by the mission fathers are still standing, while others have gone to decay with in the last few years. It Is now an established fact that dates of a good quality and in com mercial quantities can be produced in the warmer parts of Arizona, Mexico, and California. During the past year at the government experiment station farm, near Phoenix, three imported trees bore more than 500 pounds, the fruit ripening between August and January. The fruit placed on the market sold at twenty-five cents per pound, wholesale, at Phoenix. Thou sands of pounds could have been sold at this price. Packed in neatly la beled boxes, they retailed at fifty to seventy cents per pound. The seed ling date trees in various parts of the territory bore, last year, forty to 200 pounds per tree, those of good qual ity sold ,at twenty-five cents a pound. For some years yet the principal part of the dates grown in the region will be on seedling trees. Not less than 2000 trees have been planted during the last two years by ranchers near Phoenix, and most of them are in fine condition. WONDERFUL MACHINE. The Arithmometer, Which Acts Like the Human Mind. A machine that comes nearer per forming'the functions of the human mind, than probably any other ever invented, is Tate's arithmometer, one of which has just been placed in the offices of the Conservative Life In surance Company in this city. It adds, subtracts, divides and multi plies, with absolute accuracy, up into the quadrillions. It is a compact lit tle machine, case and all occupying a space about 6xß inches by two feet long, weighs probably thirty pounds and cost near $1000. In the hands of Mr. Harm, who was brought from New York to operate it, it will perform the work, of ten ex pert accountants. Its most remark able work is shown in multiplications and divisions. As a sample, a vis sitor suggested that Mr. Harm multi ply 79,833,426 by 73,245. He set down the figures on his machine, and produced the correct answer, 5,847, 399,287,370, in less than fifteen sec onds. The computations are made by turning a small crank, and the only possible way in which to make a mis take is to fail to turn the crank once for each unit in the several figures of the multiplier, but these figures are recorded in plain sight, and to verify the result he simply verifies the figures in the multiplier, and an error may be corrected in an instant. The machines are made entirely by hand in England, and the order for the one in question was given six months prior to its receipt. — Los An geles Times.