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A Small Enterprise Well Kept :
Published in the
Vol. 1.
A Trip late Tie Country
larfffl VtOatopwtnt Tdklng PI act
Nirtha9.i1 of Cottimbut
Sunday afternoon the Chief
Pondl Pusher on the CouiUER
BUft, accompanied by tho Fore
man of the mechanical depart
ment took a Utile jaunt out into
the country. We had heard so
much about the country lying
northeast of Columbus, and of
the abundant supply of water
which it possessed, that wo had
a great curiosity to oxploro it.
And it is certainly a beauty;
as tine a stretch of fertile valley
lutid aa wu ever looked upon, in
mny places reaching out for
miles apparently as level as u
Hour, yet gently sloping toward
tile south and mist -just enough
to give a nice fall to tho irrigation
ditches, letting the water How
freely. M ft ft)af-ter of fact there
are whoto 4ecttKi of this hmd
th.it may be olciv& luveled and
prepared W vatton ut a cost
not exceed from 5 to $10 per
Driving down the coxy lanes,
and looking across the country
lit tho uwny happy homos nestl
ing in peace and quietude wlthLi
the fond embrace of tho great;
glowing mountains that
sktrt the edgo of tilts alluvial
pliun; catching the glimmer of
the many wind mills in tho bril
liant sunlight: enhallng the fra
grance of tho now mown alfalfa,
ono almost forgets this a NEW
country . And tho mind In fancy
run ahead a fow short years
when tho laughter of tho sons of
toil iill tho land with tho awoot,
rich melody of the songs of in
dustry, while plenty sits en
throned aud crownod, and sways
her joyous aeoptor over happy
homos, whoro thousands dwell In
peacu and content.
Wo stopped at the homo of
James. Durham, Who, -with his
family come here from Do Rid
dor. Loulaana. M r. Durham was
formerly a hardware merchant
at Do Iliddur, bwt hearing of tho
Mimbres Valley country and its
many latent possibilities, it did
not take him long to doolde to
journey this way. He has al
roady put down a forty live foot
well and installed an eleven h. p.
Fooa engine ami a No. 8 Worth'
Continued on page 8-1
Interest of Columbus and the Lower
Columbus, Lis County,
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lb im iiui iniiuiiui'iiu.Y sum u,y
the skeptical, the uuiuformocl
and those prejudiced toward the
gravity ditch system of irrigation
that pumping for crop growth is
imprautlble and destined sooner
oi later to become a failuee.
And, falling back on the dignity
of their supposed logic, they give
as their reasons that "pumping
is too expensive, and that the un
derground How cannot be accu
rately determined.".
Taking the reasons transverse
ly wo wish to say, thtt the latter
argument will apply more force
fully to tho gravity system of ir
rigation :hun that of pumping.
The surface streams, especial
ly in this latitude and longitude
whoso volume dopeuds very
.largely upon-the amount of snow
fall at their source, necessarily
looses much of their liquid flow
by reason of evaporation from
nun and wind. The underllow
is never affected in this manner
Last year, which was probably
tho driest in tiic recorded history
of New Mexico, tho wells ot tho
Mimbreo Valley were not affected
in the least. This not withstand
ing tho fact that a far greater
quantity of water was pumped
from the underground strata
than over before.
As a matter of fact wo believe it
is only a question of time until alt
of tho western mountain streams
of any consequence will be under
tho direct supervision of tho stale
or national governments their
'How safely guarded and conserv
ed in order to accomodate the
groat domands made upon them
by tho numerous irrigators.
Another advantago to be deriv
ed from pumping for irrigation
is the fact that each irrigator is
practically "master of his own
orop dostiny" in that ho controls
his own plant and m&y put the
water onto his growing orops
just when they ueud it and in the
proper amount. The pump irri
gator nover haa to worry about
tho supply giving out boforo it
reaches him. He does not havo
to -wait his turn, nor is ho limited
to tho amount he may use. No
dependence on the surface flow
of a stream, no caro about Hoods
or drought, no dams to build or
hr Uirtm of fumtji I
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New Mexico, June 30. ltfll.
rebuild, no ditches to brouk, no
compulsion at taking waiter or
being charged for it just tin? same
as tho you used It, no question of
prior water rights sometimes
causing lung drawn out a id ex
pensive lawsuits, no quarrels
with tho man above you on ditoh
or stream. Rvery agriculturist,
whether he bo farming under
some ono of the Government pro
jects, the Cary act or a private
reclamation scheme knoMB tho
Importance of being able to irri
gate at will at the proper time,
in the propor mennur, and with
the propor amount. Hence these
facts all appeal to him in in in
telligent manner as being li wivily
laden with truth and reasaa,
Again the pumping
does not mean tho issaotbgVonl
bonds on the irrigators land,
only in exceptional instance. It
stands for individuality. The
man of small means 1ms the same
proportional opportunity ai the
ono of . large estate. Belonging
in a small way tho poor farmer
may graduallyincreoso his acre
age until he attains ids satisfied
amount with out burdening his
hmd with ono cent of indebted
ness. Furthermore, tho pump Irri
gator invariably has a purer
water to apply to his crops than
the aurfacM SiK,i man. Espec
ially is thiec 'Hii in the Mimbros
Valley. Her the farmer Hoods
his land with water which in the
purest yet discovered in, tho
United States containing only
sixty parts of mineral substance
to every one hundred thousand
parts of water. Thus no deter
iorating minerals aro spread out
over tho fields, no alkali, gypsum,
or other harmful salts tl'hlch
steriliKQ the soil and redone tho
orop produotion. aro to be con
tended with.
Weeds are the farmers bane.
And ever? irrigator knows that
tho surface ditch is ono of tho
most potent agents in spreading
obnoxious seeds over tho liiilda.
He also knows the extra Ubm
they entail and the offeet they
havo upon the crops, tlio yield
and tho prices. Tho man who
pumps his irrigating water irom
(Continued on .'oko 7, )
imbres Valley.
Columbus Will Celebrate
AtltUtlc EOentsDatket Dinner
Bast Ball Gam
Columbus will celebrate tho
Fourth or July. "Naff Sod."
This is a guuranteu or a GOOD
TIME to uvury one who will bu
rortuate enough V: 'Utcnd.
An excellent program 1ms bcuu
arranged by thu oitteuns undofti
cors of Troop "O". There will
be speoial athletic events, foot
and mounted races, base bull
game, tugo war, grotesque par
ade, basket dinner, musical aud
literary program. The soldiers
of Troop "U", Ur S. Cavalry, will
take active, parti, giving variuus
demonstrations or military man
ouevers. Every one la cordially
invited to spend the day n.t, Col
umbus. Come help us celebrate
alio "Glorioui Fourth," aud have
!he "tlmoiotyoul- lile.'M . lollowQ
ling is u synopsis of the, program., .,
J0;o0 a. m.
1. Mounted Tent Pegging, '
100 yards U. S. Soldiers.
2. Mounted Wrestling U. S.
i). Rescue Race, 100 yards
aud return U. S. Soldiurs.
4. Roman Race, 1300 yards,
with two foot hurdles ut linish
U. S. Soldiers.
5 Mounted Tug of War, (bare
buck.) Open to civilian teams.
Teams to consist of captain and
five uion.
0 Steeple-chase. Open to sol
diers or civilians. One half mile.
Start from barrier. Brush hur
dle 3 1-2 feet, board hurdle 2 feet,
sand bug hurdle 2 feet, post and
rail hurdle foot. First prize,
$5, cash; second prize, W cash.
12 o'clock, noon.
Basket dinner at the church.
1:15 p.m.
Music and literary program.
Grotesque Parade.,' Prissus giv
en for most comic costume
mounted, most comic costume on
foot, aud most comic rig. Par
ade starts at the Customs House
and ends at the church,
Athletic Events.
100 yard dash.
Stako race.
Sack race.
Three legged ruce.
Ladles needle and thread race-,
Continued on I'a&e 2.

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