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THE EAGLE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1895.
11 FOR PARTY LOYALTY. Deming Wants to be Made a County Seat. At the Last Election Deming Gave a Plu rality to Seven Democrats out of Seventeen Candidates. The present legislative assembly at Santa Fe has already passed appropria tion bills giving $75,000 for the rebuild ing of the capital at Santa Fe, $15,000 for theRoswell Military Institute, $30,000 for the Las Vegas Insane asylum, $15, 000 for the Las Cruces Agricultural col lege, $10,000 for the Silver City normal school, special levies for the establish ment of another normal school at Cer rillos, and other institutions throughout the territory, such as the Silver City hos pitals, the school of mines at Socorro, the Las Vegas normal school and nu merous beneficiaries at Santa Fe. For years past by every territorial assembly, similar favors have been shown almost every city and town in New Mexico. Many of these places which have re ceived favors at the hands of the territo ry have, together with other towns, had substantial recognition from the United States government. Instance the land oliices at Roswell, Clayton and Las Cruces. In fact,there is scarcely a town in Sew Mexico of over 250 population that has not received its share of pap from the public teat. Deming is the not able exception. She has never had a single penny for the establishment of an institution here and that, too, in face of the fact that we are today a progressive wide awake community of over 1,500 population, centrally situated and a nat ural commercial and railroad metropolis far better adapted for such favors than three-fourths of the places mentioned. Deming is not jealous of the prosperi ty of other New Mexican towns. We are only too glad to note these evidences of thrift. The people hero have since the birth of the town willingly paid their proportion of the taxes made nec essary to support these institutions which have gone to build up other places. Yet, now, when we ask for our rights for the right of promoting our own inter ests, for the management of our own af fairs and the conduct of our own future by the creation of a new county, it is characterized by Grant, Sierra, Socorro and Dona Ana counties as a steal, a land grabbing scheme for fear that some of the stream of territorial and governmental favor might be diverted from them. Al though Springer, Hillsboro and other towns of not half the size of Deming have been accorded this right it is denied us. The people of Deming and the south em end of Grant county are thoroughly tired of this systematic and industrious neglect. We have been imposed upon so lone that we aredeemed easy victims About the only time that we are of any particular consequence is when a demo cratic majority is wanted for Grant coun ty and we have never failed to respond. But as soon as a campaign is over, there is no further use for Deming until an other majority is needed. The time has come when we propose to assert our rights and we propose to assert them so strongly that they will receive recogni tion. The justice of the claims for a nfiw cnuntv are plainly apparent to the members of the legislature in Santa Fe as well as the general public. We have asked for no favors in tne nnst wft OIllv demand our right now The present legislature being demo cratic, we in Deming, have a ngiit to exnect substantial recognition for loyalty to the party in the past. There is no doubt if Deming and southern uram cnuntv had been as loyal to the republi pun nnrtv as we have been to the demo- cratic.this section would not have had to wait to this late day for her rights While there is nothing republican in our make up, we can not but recognize the fact that our people are likely to re fuse to support a party whose leaders are so unmindful of the party's interests and ungrateful to this section lor past services. Deming Headlight. The Agricultural College. Messrs. Thomas J. Hull and Demetrio Chaves, of Las Cruces, members of the board of regents of the New Mexico agri cultural college, are in the capital on an important mission. There has been an intimation from some quarters that this institution's finances were not regular, that bad management prevailed m sev eral of its departments. This is an im putation on the character of these gen tlemon and their collegues that they can not rest under, and they are here to de maud fair play at the hands of the law makers. Some weeks ago, in anticipa tion of the assembling of the legislature the board of regents passed a resolution inviting and urging the assembly to ap point a committee to visit Las truces and examine into the accounts and man auement of the college and station. Copies of the resolution were sent to the legislature, but no action has thus far been taken thereon, and now they come to insist upon an investigation, feeling that it is due them individually as well as the tax payers of the territory. Also they will ask that an appropria tion of $15.000 be given the college to meet its immediate and imperative wants as reirards buildings. At present the actual attendance numbers 158 pupils, more than double the number in attendance under any former manage ment, and it has been necessary to use the president's room and the halls to ac comodate the pupils. Of the United States funds they have on hand some $25,000 for the exclusive purpose of pay ing teachers, but are unable to employ more or accomodate a larger number of pupils because of lack of room. The $15- 000 appropriation is asked for to be used only in enlarging the institution and meeting other expenses for which none of the United States money on hand is legally available. New Mexican. The Kxtra Employes. Associate Justice Laughin has issued an order restraining the territorial audit or from allowing, and the territorial treasurer from paying, the claims of the 'extra" employes of the legislature for services rendered. In this, Justice Laughlin has followed the plain letter of the law. The federal employes of the legislature are not able to do all the work necessary and former legislatures have been in the habit of. employing extras and paying them out of the territorial treasury in the face of the statute. So long as these extras were limited to nec essary employes no one felt disposed to kick. The last three or four legislatures, however, have lieen using the unlawful privilege to an extent that is simply out of all reason. Hence the injunction pro ceedings and Justice Laughlin's order. The council of the present legislature made an heroic effort to reduce the number of extra employes but it seems that the members of the house had made too many promises and so refused to cut down the list. We are glad that the order has been issued. It will bring the states men and the place hunters to their senses. It is true that this order works a hardship upon those extraemployes who are neces sary to the expeditious transaction of Inis iness by the legislature.but it is no more than those who are attempting to draw pav without rendering services deserve. There are, all told, seventy-five employes in the present legislature and only thirty six members in both houses. This is an outrage upon the taxpayers. The evil has been growing for several years and it has at last come to lie looked upon as a right by custom. Politicians have, in some instances, demanded a position for themselves or their dependent relatives as the price of their allegiance to the candidate for legislative honors. And the candidate has too often compromised himself by an accession to the demand. With the warning given them by Justice T.niurlilin'H order these place-hunters and politicians will both lx more circumspect and from circumspection win grow healthier public sentiment which will re dound to the benefit of the territory and the relief of the taxpayer. In this con nection we are proud to add uuu me councilman and representative from this district have less menus on tne pay rou than almost any otners.anu inai ine.iew they have are among those that will, by all fair-minded men, be considered nec essary. Koswell Record.