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The Cimarron Valley Has the Land, Climate and Water. Wanted One Thousand Farmers FIRST YEAR CIMARRON, NEW MEXICO, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 1908 NUMBER SIX - THAT BASE BALL CANARD News-Press Takes Cim arron Ball Team on Imaginary Trip Treasurer Indignant No greater canard has filled the columns oí the newspapers of Colo rado and New Mexico, or has been more of a humiliation to the persons concerned than has the story of the trip of the Cimarron Baseball club to Dawson on Sunday, March 29th, 1908. This purely imaginary trip emanated from the Cimarron News-Press a paper published in Raton, N. M., and circulated through part of Cimarron, As a matter of fact, the Cimarron baseball team did not take any trip ' on the day mentioned, nor did a large Cimarron crowd go to Dawson on 211 excursion train on that day as was Mated in the News-Press. The whole story is purely fiction. Mr. Harry Steen, treasurer of the baseball team, was highly indignant over the circulation of the vapprings of an imaginative mind as expressed in the article mentioned, and sent the following letter to the Citizen for publication. ''Editor Citizen;" ; Dear Sir: I read in the April 2nd issue of the Cimarron News-Press a "story of a purported trip to Dawson that the Cimarron baseball team was .'alleged io have taker, on Sunday, March 29th, and a description of the ' imaginary ball gannc that took place there between Cimarron and Dawson This story is a falsification of the first water, and as treasurer of the Cimarrón ball team, I am very in dignant. The canard ( am fond of that word canard) is most heinous, because the first thing I know, the Cimarron News-Press will have the members of the team believing that they did take the trip memtioned, and tboy will be drawing on me for ex penses incurred. Kindly correct the erroneous impression given out by the News-Press. Very truly yours, HARRY STF.F.N, Treas." If the fairy story writer of the Cimarron News-Press will in the fu ture imagine names for her' charac ters while imagining her stories, she i will save her 'acquaintances much probable annoyance. APRIL FOOL JOKE PLAYED MURDERED DUMMY FOUND IN YOUNG MAN'S ROOM. FEARFUL OBJECT. What might have been a joke with serious consequences was played last Wednesday evening, All Fools' night, by a few heartless and thoughtless young men with more fun-loving in stincts than brains. It is to be re gretted that such young men should be allowed to run at large without a guardian, because they not only run risks themselves, but arc likely to cause serious trouble to others by their thoughtlessness. These young men, who apparently thought they were doing something very witty, stuffed a dummy, splash ed red ind all over it, put it in the room of a fine young fellow of their acquaintance, in such a position that it appeared as if the man had been murdered after a severe struggle. Then they mussed up the room in order to have it bear out the strug gle idea. When the young man in question came into the room and struck a match, his eyes met this fearful sight and it iwasi no little shock to his nerves. Had he been susceptible to severe nervous shocks, the result might have been serious. As it was, he demonstrated that he was game from the ground up, and snatching his hat, he immediately ran at full speed to the Swastika ho tel in order to give the guests there the benefit of the joke. Then not satisfied with their work, these same young men, who should have known better, proceeded to place the dummy on the front porch of Mr. Chesworth's house, fire off a revolver right in front of the window of tiie room occupied by Mr. S. E. I elphrey, and put the finishing touches on , their work by Rxoanine snd calling for help. It is true that the young men did not intend to' frighten Mrs. Chesworth, whom thev supposed to be in the back part of ihc house where she could not hear, but nevertheless, thev did so. A for Mr. Pelphrey, evidently 'suspecting it all as an April Fool joke, and wise ly refraining from showing himself at the door, he calmly waited for the trouble to pass. The Citizen believes that April fool jokes are all right, if they are of the harmless sort that can not possibly be injurious to any one, but when thoughtlessness is carired too far, it is time to call a halt. Except for the fright of the young man .whose room was entered, and that of Mrs. Ches worth, no damage was done, and so the Citizen will refrain from giving names, but it regrets the whole in stance very much. TERRITORIAL BONDS VALID CONGRESS PASSES BILL RELA TIVE TO TERRITORIAL AF FAIRS On March -'7th. the United States Senate passed a hill introduced in the House of Representatives by Mr. Andrews, on Feb. 13th, toaS. This bill approves of the bills of the Ter ritorial Legislature passed by the thirty-seventh assembly, providing for the creation of four armory boards of control and for the con struction of armories in the cities of Santa l'"e, Uoswell, Silver City and Las Cruces; another for the construc tion of an addition to the capítol building and an executive mansion; and another for providing funds for the fifty-ninth aid sixtieth fiscal years and the issuance of bonds. The bill introduced by Representa tive Andrews, has passed the House and Senate, and has been sent to the President, of the United States for his signature. MEET RATON APRIL 12 CIMARRON BALL TEAM TO CROSS BATS WITH RATON NEXT SUNDAY. A game of baseball with Raton has been scheduled for next Sunday. Ra ton has a strong team this year ami will, without a doubt, show Cimarron all or more than it can handle, but the came will be all the better for that reason. Cimarron can play ball and if it loses, it will simply be be cause Raton has thc better team of the two. We arc going into the game with a determination to win, and there is a good chance that we will do so. Where the game is to be played has not been decided as yet, each citv desiring to have it played on the home grounds. It is likely. however, that it will be pulled off at Raton. COLFAX COUNTY TO FRONT. Mr. Webster is highly elated at the progress Colfax county has made in ibe preparation for the big Albuquer que Irrigation Congress. He states that so far, Colfax county seems to have done more and to take a deeper interest in the .work than any other county in thc Territory. That speaks well for the progressiveness of the Colfax county farmer and business man. WILL GO TOE'TOWN Cimarron Merry Ma kers Will Attend the Dance at Elizabeth town April 11 A large number of Cimarronitcs have planned to take a trip to Eliz abethtown next Saturday and attend a big dance that will be held there that evening. As now arranged, the party will leave Cimarron early in the moriiing in carriages, and return Sunday. Elizabethtown has srotteri up a big dance, and has extended a cordial invitation to Cimarron for the nth, and many have accepted and will attend, both because of the dance and because of the chance to take the drive through the beautiful scen ery along the route. Mr. Fred Lambert has undei taken to provide conveyances for all' who wish to avail themselves of the chance., and a camp will be made at noon, and a picnic dinner will be served. A number of Cimarron bovs have extended an invitation to Elizabeth- town to attend a dance to be held in Cimarron in the near future. The Citizen annroves of this interchange of social events between neighboring towns and cities, and thinks that it would be a good plan to get up a big affair and invite the whole county on the date F.-town comics down. A friendly spirit between rival towns is a great thing for the development of the community. MASON CHASE Takes Hot Shot At Cimarron News Press. "Von Zuylen Ganard" Commented On Mr. Mason G. Chase, who recently read the second article appearing in the Cimarron News-Press branding he Citizen's von Zuylen story as be ing false, has written to the Citizen the letter copied below, with the re quest that it be published. While neither the Citizen nor Mr. Chase wish to make Baron von Zuylen any more notoriety than possible, in view of the secoird News-Press attack up on the Citizen, both the Citizen and Mr. Chase are constrained to show the world that thc foundation of the story was based on truth. Mr. Chase's letter is as follows: Editor of the Citizen: "Dear, Sir: 1 am very sorry that I am resDonsiblc for vou havinar pub lished m your issue of March 25th, what the Cimarron. News-Press is pleased to term the "von Zuylen Can ard." My only excuse is that I felt sure a statement made by a person concerning himself, is usually con sidered admissible for publication, and 1 assure you that I gave you the facts as they were stated to mc by the Baron himself. We must all be thankful, however, during the ab sence of our own wives and their consequent inability to dictate our business movements, that Colfax county has a few women who are ready and willing to don the mascu line garb, and not only to run their own husband's business, but are will ing to attempt the handling of other men's business as well. "Yours truly, ; " M. G. CHASE. Because 06 the above letter, and because Baron von Zuylen has again stated since the publication of the "Von Zuylen Canard" story in the News-Press, that an immense sum of money is coming to him, the Citizen LEAGUE IS FORMED County Base Ball League Is Formed All Star Team to Make. Ex tended Trip After a considerable work on the part of those most interested, a Col fax county baseball league has final ly been formied. The cities repre sented in the league are Cimarron, Dawson. Raton and Yankee. While the schedule of games has not as yet been decided upon, a series of games in which each team will play every other teams at least three times has been decided upon. About the first 'of June, it has been determined that an all-star team picked by the board cf control of the league, shall. make fill pvt ftnrfl.wl tt-tii I 1irrii rrtiMi t Í" filnrT. dn .mi Mpvlrf Tin ruine rf( the league as adopted, are practically those decided upon by the meeting which occurred at Dawson some time ago. The only exception is this: Each team "will be allowed to have two professional ball players, it being the intention to divide up the expense of an all-star team between the town represented in the league. Trade Excursion. About the first of June, the all-star team will be picked, and will play the team o Trinidad, at Trinidad. About three weeks later it will play Pueblo, and after a period of another thre weeks .Denver and. Cripple Creek. After thc return of the team, I is planned to take the team out on (Continued on Page Three) PENS LETTER is forced to wander if the virtuous NYws-Press has fallen from the path of ri'iuitude and uprightness, and has I fallen as low as it. would have the jltibke believe thc Citizen has done. We trust not. And while it looks jas if the purported denial of the Cii jmn story by liaron von Zuylen .was I never given to the News-Press by i the Baron, and that this "Von Zuy 1 1111 Canard" story as it appears in 'he News-Press was one of the same calibre as the Cimarron ball team's alleged trip to Dawson, we like to give every one the benefit of a doubt, and will be as charitable with the News-Tress as possible. The Citizen is a peace loving sheet, and would far rather bury thc hatchet than be continually quibbling and quarreling with its contemporaries. It believes that the two Cimarron papers should get together and boost Cimarron regardless of their awn diffierences. It had an ax to grind with the News-Press people from thc very start, but did not believe in mak ing personal business relations a cause for attacking the News-Tress, nor did it so attack thc rival paper until forced to do so by a little dig hero and a little hit there The Cit izen wants peace, but until articles are signed and a truce patched up, it will keep its guns loaded and ready for action at any moment. If thc Range or the News-Press want peace, well, let us have peace. If they want war, why for heaven's sake let us make it a good one. These little skirmishes are merely tantalizing. If its war, let the duel be one to thc death, typewriters as weapons, used at a distance -of forty-six miles. Every knock the News-Press gives us is a boost. It brings us in sub scribcrs and helps us fill up our col umns with reading of interest to Cimarron. . t HAVE SITE FOR BUILDING While at Albuquerque recently, Ah. Geo. H. Webster, Jr., selected the ground for the site of the Col fax County Building which will be erected for thc big Irrigation Con gress. This site is one hundred feet square and is situated In the very heart of the grounds, midway bc tweu the Government Forestry building and the grand stand. When erected, every one entering the grounds will' have to pass by the building twice. WILL VISIT EACH FARMER. The Committee on Arrangements and Exhibits for Colfax county, which is preparing a big exhibit for the Irrigation Congress, has made the announcement that its members will visit each farmer in Colfax coun ty and consult and advise with him on matters pertaining to the individ ual exhibits from Colfax county. This undertaking is a big one, and Mr. Wm. A. Chapman of Raton, has been selected as Mr. Webster's assistant, ind has been made secretary of the committee, m order that the work may be systematized and made easier Colfax county is going after thc banner exhibit, and it is up to the farmers to show wdiat they can raise. SOLD OUT OXFORD HOTEL POOLER & KERSHNER BUY OUT DUCKWORTH & MARL ING. NEW MANAGEMENT IN CHARGE- Another big real estate deal took olaee early Monday morning, the Ox ford Hotel and meat shop changing hands. Duckworth & Marling have sold out their interest in everything pertaining to the Oxford Hotel, bar and nu"it market to Ilenj. Pooler and W. I). Kcrshncr, both old saloon men Mr. Pooler, who has been in the bus iness with great success at Van Monten for the past five years, is now in control of the property and w'll continue to take active manage ment of the business, which will for the present he run along the same lines as in the past The reason why the old and popu lar proprietors wished to sell out is that Mrs. Marling was unsatisfied with living in Cimarron, largely on account of her health, and Mr. Duck worth did not wish to run the busi ness alone or with í partner less con genial than Mr. Marling has been. Mr. Marling expects to remove to Tennessee, but Mr. Duckworth docs rot contemplate leaving Cimarron f ir some little time as yet,. although he is uncertain as to his future. MORE SUGAR MEN HERE Mr. W. A. Gorman, thc general freight and passenger agent of the St. L., R. M. & PAC. R. R. Co., con ducted 1 party of Colorado and east ern men over thc road from Raton to Utc Park last Sunday. Of the party, Messrs. Wiley and Wilson are en gaged in locking into the possibili ties for sugar beet raising. The party stopped over at Cimarron for sonic hours, and the ladies rested and lunched at the Swastika. The men made a tour of inspection, and while here, Mr. Wiley stated that be was very much pleased with the vicinity of Cimarron, ami that if enough farmers could be induced to sign contracts for arising beets, there was n") doubt but that a sugar factory would be located in or near Cimar ron. Mr. Wiley represents the big sugar interests at Holly, Colorado, and should his people undertake to install a sugar plant here, they are amply able to carry the project through to completion. While no definite promises were made, it was understood by those talking with Mr. Wiley, the building of a sugar factory near here is not at all improbable. HISTORIAN EEKS DATA Prof.Cragin Visits Cim arron for Historical Research. Writing History Southwest Cimarron was honored last week by the visit of one of the foremost scholars and historians, Prof. F. W. Gragin, who for many years, was the professor of history in the State Uni versity of Colorado, but now a resi dent of Colorado Springs. Although not now connected with Colorado's great institution of learning, Trof. ragin is still busily interested along lines historical, and is now engaged in writing a complete, extensive and exhaustive history of the southwest from the first Spanish Invasion down the present time. This history ill take up every line of activity, hether religious, political or com mercial, that has taken place in the ioutlnvest from the earliest date of vhich we have authentic chronicles. Professor Gragin is spending a great deal of time all over the terri tory' dealt of in his writings; in order that he may get minute and exhaus tive data for his work. While in Cimarron he interviewed Mr. Ilenrv Lambert and Mr. M. M. ciiase, the two men, who, because they; have al ways been observing and logical in their deductions, and because, thev are now almost the oldest ' pioneer.? of this community, are best informed on later history, and therefore, best able to give him data of the stirring times of the late sixties and earlv seventies. l'rofessor Gragin states that the information he was able to obtain from these two gentlemen ,was of great importance to his work, ami that ( unarron will hold no little space in his history when it is com pleted. MAY INVEST IN CIMARRON Mr. Howard TV Baldwin, "of Den ver, Colo., has been in Cimarron to, a few davs ast he uuest of Mr. V W iarlow. While here, Mr. Baldwin in vestigated the financial condition and the business nrosncrts of Cm::irroii Me is intending to invest and take I'P his residence here in Cimarron f certain events justify it. and he ex- resscd himself as very much pleased with our Hit!,;, city. FULTON STARTS FLORIST SHOP WILL HANDLE FRESH CUT FLOWERS SPECIALIZE ON POTTED PLANTS. J. T. Fulton will be the Cimarron florist hereafter, and when the supply of confectionery runs out, thc love lorn youth may hereafter send fiis chosen one flowers of every descrip tion, in the same manner as is done in any other metropolis by digging up. Mr. Fulton i handling the flowers of W. A. Clark's big hot houses in Colorado Springs, and has over one hundred varieties of potted plants to choose from. There are flowers and flowers, and then flowers. . In fact, a view of the out lay makes one think that "Sprig hab came," and one involuntarily looks around to see where all the birds arc. Thc new florist ha announced that he will give away four hundred car nations. The Citizen is glad to hear of it. Its editor needs a carnation, and w ith the price of paper going up and subscribers forgetting' to sub scribe, it looks as if that is the only way lie will get one.