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The Cimarron Valley Has the Land, Climate and Water. Wanted One Thousand Farmers
Ente ml ax sconnd-clnss matter at the postofficc at Cim
arron, N. M., under act of Cottjtres!, March 3. 1879.-
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Cimarron Has Mystery
Of Its Own Con
jectures Rife
Not to bo outdone by our neigh
boring town of French, which has
come into the lime light and. got its
name in the papers, because express
robbers hava been doing naughty
things, Cimarron has worked tip -A
little excitement all of its own, and if
the Citizen has anything to do with
it. Cimarron is also going to get its
name in. the papers ..and,, be , talked
about. Cimarron does not intend to
take a back seat fur any thing, or any
town. We grow every thing here ex
cept knockers, and do everything
here except- rob trains.- " Our latest
production iiv the sensational, is a
weird, bewildering mystery, and for
a short time, inexplanable and mys
tifying light appeared on the side of
the mesa o the west of town. It
burned with a bright and steady light
4vay tip on the side of tin? mountain,
. where none but horse thieves or train
robbers would be likely to cam).
Thursday was the day of the big rob
bery at French, and some of the most
imaginative thought that the light
was either a camp of the bad men, or
was some sort of a signal either to
tlu-ns, or a message sent by them to j
their friends. A few of the more en- j
' thusiastically inclii.cd mail hunters,)
wished to get up a posse and attack i
the light But most of the man hun
frs in Cimarron had not lost any
tram robbs and bad men, and so
the proposed' attack fell through.
However, the light was watched by
many with a great deal of speculation
u ! curiosity.
At last, two men mor? daring than
ihe rest, set out on hor e hack, arm-
i d to tho teeth, ar. l investigated, i
Tiny did some fine sc. intuir.; work,
and at last worked hems -'vos up to j
the pom': from whence ea.iv. the mys- j
tenon !:ii Hut íi'.t ' : i uf. was visa-;
ble e;uept a lantern set on a st,oue. j
Xo siirn of human visinrion other-
wise. Not a movement, nor a sound ,
lu fact, nothing doing. A'te.r wait-
ing for some little time to see what j
would happen if their presence was,
known, one of this daring 1 air, crept j
un and suddenly extinguished the j
lantern. S'.ill no movement or sound j
, from the person or persons who hail I
put the lantern in place Bringing j
the lantern with them, the two ad- j
venturers started back home again,!
Iitlt imagine their surprise to see the j
light suddenly appear at the same i
place' again, before they had gone j
two miles. Utterly battled by the
meaning of this strange performance,
which was now verging on the sys
tical, the two decided to wait until
ilav before niakimr more investiga-
-. " I
t ions j
But so far investigation has failed!
to explain who or what placed the'
light. It appears about ten o'clock
ami burns until long past midnight.
As soon as it is taken away, and the
intruder has departed, it again
. springs up with full force, brilliancy j
ami steadiness, and always in - the j
same place. Those who 'have visited j
the place state that the light could
not be placed by human hands, with
out the, watchers catching those who
jpcrform the deed, in the act. It is
vein! and uncanny, and most mysti
fying. Perhaps supernatural forces
place the light on the heights, but
ghosts do not generally buy lanterns
r.ttde in Chicago. The Citizen would
like to work up a good ghost story,
but it- will have to be satisfied with
is nothing more or less than a good
mystery, as will Cimarron also.
Leadville, Colo., May 19. Alexan
der Sutherland, aged 47 years, a min
er at the La Plata mine in California
gulch, was crushed to death yestenttdy
afternoon by a rock weighing three
tons which fell upon him. Sutherland
is survived by a widow and three
Cleveland, May 19. Notwithstand
ing the widespread disorder which
prevailed in various parrs of the city
the Municipal traction company
claimed to have more cars in opera
tion than at any time since the strike
With the approach of daylight the
lawlessness which continued through
out the night had in a large measure
ceased and cars were run on all lines
without interference.
While a number of persons received
injuries as a result of the assaults, no
one was hurt seriously, so far as re
... Tlotchkiss, Colo., May 10. Frank
Roberts, a ranchman living - near
Crowford, is under arrest, charged
with killing, James B. France, the
mining operator and money lender,
who -was shot from ambush on his
way to his homestead Saturday after
noon. Sheriff Gibbs went after Robert:
vesterday, but he had fled. Today
Roberts surrendered himself to á
man named Williams, who brought
him to the sheriff at Crawford.
The coroner's jury which investi
gated (he shooting of France re
turned a verdict that he had been
murdered by a party or parties tin
Postmaster E.A.Littrell
Receives Mail-Sup-plies
On Hand
The newly csablishcd post office at
Colfax is now open for business, and
hereafter mails will be received and
delivered there regularly. Some few
weeks ago. the department granted
the petition for the establishment of
a post office at Colfax, but not until
late last week, was the office opened
for delivery of mails. Mr. K. A. Lit
irell has been appointed postmaster,
and only last Friday did he receive
his orders, supplies, etc.. with in
structions to open the office for bus
iness. The Rocky Mountain railroad has
had the contract for .the carrying of
the mails for some time, and all their
preparations were made,'1 and every
thing was ready and waiting for or
ders from the the Postal Department.
As soon as these orders Came, mails
were at once delivered to Colfax, and
the whole business is now running
smoothly and freely. It has long
been the desire of those living around
Colfax to have daily mail service
near at home without being obliged
to go to French, Dawson or Maxwell
City, and their wish has at last come
true. Speaking of the establishment
of post offices, X'ew Mexico has had
more post offices established during
th- past year than any other state or
territory i if the United States. That
speaks well for the rapid growth and
development of Xew Mexico as a
Washington, May 19 The supreme
court' today' handed down answers" in
the cases of James R. Wood and
Jcthso Henderson, petitioners on a
certificate from the L'nited States cir
cuit court of appeals for the eighth
district. This is a bankruptcy case
from Colorado and three questions
were submitted to the United States
supreme court. ,
The first and second were decided
in the affirmative and the third in the
negative. '
" Facing a grave charge, Mike Aros,
a Hungarian, was arrested here yes
terday just as he was preparing to
leave for Europe. He is charged
with having committed a criminal as
sault Thursday at primero, and Ella
Philfips. a 15-year-old Hungarian girl,
is alleged to have been ñis victim.
Three Masked Men Loot Strong Box of Wells
Fargo Express Company at French of $38,
500 and Escape-Three Suspects Arrested
Last Thursday afternoon at French
occurred one of the boldest and most
successful robberies that has taken
place in the territory for years. The
paj' roll for the Dawson Fuel com
pany at Dawson, consisting of $38,500,
was taken from those who guarded it.
by three masked men, and the rob
bers rode away to apparent safety.
Secured in a strong box of the
Wells-Fargo Express Co., this im
mense sum of money was being, ship
ped from Albuquerque to Dawson,
via the Santa Fe and the EI Paso
Southwestern. Coming north on No.
10 the money was taken off at French
the junction of the two roads, to
await the train north to Dawson.
The story of the robbery, as told by
two travelling men, eye witnesses of
the affair, is something as follows:
'We were sitting around on the
platform when suddenly three ar.ask
ed men appeared on the scene, and
with guns pointed our way, we were
commanded to hold up our hands and
line up on the platform. As may be
expected, we lost no time in doing
this. Of course we were all excited
and nervous, but 1 can remember
very well one man who got tired of
holding his hands so high. They be
gan to settle down, and when he was
cautioned to hold them up again, he
complained that he had the rheuma
tism, and the bandit good naturcdly
allowed him to rest' them on the top
of hi head. While wc were kept in
this position, by one man, the two
others forced open the door, quickly
blew open the box, took the cash out
and then forced two of our number tojos to look for the - robbers. Up to
help carry the money to their horsts
Good Crop Saved--Cim
arron More Fortun
ate Than Others
With the heavy frosts and the ex
tremely cold weather that has been
experienced all over the country, the
fear that the fruit crop would be as
short this vear as it was last, was felt
throughout the middle west and the
southwest. Many orchards last prac
tically all tlu-ir fruit this year, but the
fruit growers of the Cimarron Valley
ncarl yall state that they have come
out of the severe weather with more
luck than is reported in most Iocali
tics.i While the crops have been dam
aged to a greater or less extent even
hero- in the . Ginarron Valley, still a
large portion of the pomacious
fruit crop has ben saved. Some grow
ers state that they have saved only
about a half of a big crop of apples,
pears and peaches, while others state
that their loss will not be greater than
a quarter of a big crop With the .
fruit crop in most localities around us
almost a total loss, the Cimarron Val
ley comes to' the front, as it gencr
ally does in most hings, with half
and three-quarters of a big crop sav
ed This is another indication that
the Cimarron Valley has the possibil
ity of being the garden spot oS the
southwest. Jt has the climate and the
land, and plenty of rainfall and water
to grow almost anything that can be
grown. ' '
which were tied close by. One of
these two n 'en explained to the rob
bers that he didn't want the money,
and he was informed that he wasn't
going to get any. While these pro
ceedings were going tin, a man came
walking up the railroad track. He
was waived off by one of the rob
bers, hut he evidently thought thy
whole thing a joke, and kept on com
ing. The robber then took a shot at
him, firing in the air with the evident
intent to frighten him off. Still be
came on. until the robber took a sec
ond shot at him, and this time so
close that the whiz of the bullet let
him know that the men were in earn
"Quickly, but without undue haste,
ihe three robbers mounted their hors
es and rode awav to the esat. Thcv
travelel :n a leisurely manner and.
-lid not seem to be afraid of pursuit,
I gathered .up a piece of the broken
strong box, and a lady that eame U
Cimarron w ith us picked up the drill
that the robbers liad used on the box
in making ready for the charge of
explosive that blew the sale open.
That is what I saw, and I can tell
von that while I am glad to have
gone through one hold-up, I don't
want another in mine. One is
Immediately after the robbery, tel
egrams were sent out to all nearby
points, and as soon as possible a
posse was sent out from Dawson, Ra
ton, Springer, and other near-by plae-
I (Continued on Page 6, Column a.) j
Noisy Party Welcome
Bride and Groom
To Cimarron
v ish
Last Friday evening' a no. y
armed with tin pans, stove pipe
boiler-', horns and any other old thing
that would make any noise, assembled
be! ire the home of Mr, and Mrs. which was very instructive and inter
1 1 c 11 y l.ivran and proceeded to char- esting. and in 6act, each carried
ivori in most approved style, Dr. and through his or her part with great
Mrs. Masten, who have but just re- credit.' '
turned to Cimarron after a short lion-1
cymooit spent in a bridal trip to the
Gulf coast.
As before stated in our columns, marked by appropriate exercises. So
Dr. Masten and Miss Sarah Proctor successful was the performance that
were married at Fort Worth, Tex., on it will probably become an institu
May sixth, the ceremony being per- tion. It is hoped that next year, the
formed by Rev. Daniels of the First ' exercises may he held in the new
Baptist church there. ,. I school house. The Citizen wishes
After the ceremony, .the happy cou- each of the six girls and the two boys
pie took a short wedding trip to the in the graduating class every success
Gulf coast and returned to Cimarron in life. Those who- will receive di
thc latter part of last week, where plomas when they arrive are F.va
they will make their future heme. At Chandler, Mae Livingston, Eijith
the present time. Dr. and Mrs. Mas-, Cartwright, , Vera Chandler, Beulah
ten are making their home with Mr. j Vance, Eva Crocker, Eugene Lam-
and Mrs. Livran. Mrs. Masten is a
most charming lady, and Cimarron
society is most fortunate in having
her as one of its members. Her wel
come, while noisy in the extreme, was
none the Jess sincere, and when the
noise makers has been invited into
the house and had made her acquaint
ance, they at once took her to their
hearts without further delay Light
refreshments were scrve4 io the un
asked visitors, and the merry evening
was spent in a piost delightful man
ner. The Citizen congratulates both
Cimarron and Dr. Masten,
Washington, May to, The case of
J. L. Sanderson versus the United
States .was decided by the supreme
court, of the United States today 'fa
vorably to the government. Sander
son is Ihe only, surviving member 0
the firm of Barlow, Sanderson & Co.,
f;mous in the '60s as overland mail
carriers. The suit decided today
grew out of a claim for the loss of
horses through the Cheyenne Indians
in New Mexico in 1867. The court
of "Claims held the claim invalid be
cause the Indians were at war with
the United States at the time the
depredations were committed, and the
supreme court affirmed that decision.
The opinion was announced by Jus
tice I'eckham. -
Xew York, May 19 Tammany hall
will be represented at the Democratic
national convention at Denver by a
delegation 050 strong. All arrange
ments for the journey have been
completed, according to an announce
ment made at Tammany hall today.
Five special trains have been en
gaged and accommodations for the
"-nti.e party have been secured in
Denver hotels. The live trains will
leave Xew York during the forenoon
oí July J, and are due to arrive in
Denver on the -evening of the dth.
the ilav before the convention.
'tis estimated that the cost ot the
trip to the Tammany delegation will
he at least $100.000. Fach man will
pay his own expenses.
Cimarron School Exer
cises Great Success
First Attempt
' For the first lime in the historv of
the Cimarron Public schools, closing j ,,;, , 1h,() a biff Territorial meet
exercises were held, and with a great ling of the F.Iks at Ute Park. The plan
deal of success The teachers have Ms being advocated by a large number
been working hard drilling the pupils
for the event, and a great deal of
credit is due to both the teachers and
those who took part. The program
of the evening was published in last
week's Citizen, and one and all did
so well that it would bi
tempt to go into detail
the duet oí Mavbelle
Bobby Cartwright was of such high
merit that it ran "not be passed by
without fulsome praise. The little
People acquitted themselves with
!?ri';it credit and covered themselves
with glory.
MissMae Livingston read a paper
th(. ,)rlst ,;strv of Cimarron
This is the first time in the history!
of the. Cimarron .schools that the
closing of the year's work lias been!
bert and Stuart Coulter.
Mobile, Ala., May 19. The returns
sd far counted indicate that William
J. Bryan is the choice of the state
Democracy for the party nomination
for ptesident. The count probably
will not be completed before tonight.
Governor Johnson polled a large vote
in Mobile, Birmingham and Mont
gpmrry, the three chief cities of the
B.R.T. to Hold Four
State Annual Meet
At Ute Park
About the middle of next month,
fUte Park will be the scene of great
doings, when hundreds of the mem
bers of the Brotherhood of Railway
Trainmen will assemble there from all
part of Xew Mexico, Colorado, Tex
as and Kansas in their Fruir State
Anual Meet. The Brotherhood of
Railway Trainmen is onp of the
strongest and biggest organizations
of its kind in the world, and during
I its annual meets, thousands are in at
tendance. While the meet to be held
;:1 Ute Park next month is merely a
Four State meet, those in charge are
making preparations to accomodate
between fifteen hundred and eighteen
I hundred
I The pavilion, which has been de
scribed in these columns heretofore,
will be rushed through to completion,
so as to be finished by the time the
meet will he held. Work 011 the fouu
elation was commenced last 'Monday,
and everything will be done to rush
the construction through.
Excursions will be run from all
p-'ints in New Mexico, Colmado.
Texas and Kansas to accommodate
the visiting trainmen. The Rocfcv
Mountain News Service, composed of
J. R. Jeffries and LB. Whitaker, have
already received the concession from
the Rocky Mountain Road which en
ahles them to have complete and eu
t'.e control of the pavilion at lie
Park They will cater to the big
crowd of trainnu-n, and are now busi
ly engaged in making preparations
for the feeding of the enormous
crowd of visitors that are expected
to attend the meet. The task 08 feed
ing fifteen or eighteen hundred hun
gry men is no small one, and is an
undertaking that will be of great
credit to the service of successfully
carried through.
Later on in the sctison, it is the
of lodges of the B. P. ( ). K. through
out the Territory and in Colorado. A
few of the high officials of the order
have visited the beautiful spot, and
are pushing the proposed convention
as hard as they can. A few lodges
folly to at- have already signified their williug
llowever. ness to hold the Convention at Ute
Ogilvie audi Park, and tjiere is but little doubt but
that the plan will go through,
! With these big meets to' advertise
J the beauties of Ute Park, it will not
be long before the world at large
' awakes to the fact that there is not
a better beauty spot for a big summer
jtcsort in the whole southwest, or any
other place. With the backing of the
Rocky Mountain road, Ute Park is
bound to come to the front, and it
will not he long before tourists will
be flocking in by the score.
Princeton, X. J., May 11). That
Bertha Vanderbilt, the pretty, young
assistant librarian at Princeton uni
versity, was slam and her body
thrown into the Karitan canal, is a
belief which is gaing ground.
The finding of bruises upon' the
head of the dead girl, which the coun
ty physician declares must have been
made before death, and a' possible-
motive in jealousy, have led Chief of
Police Kilfoylc and County Prosecu
tor Bcrdine to doubt the suicide
Lake City, Colo., May 19. Roy L.
Rigncy, watchman at the Wyoming
mine at Wyoming, was found ia a
paralyzed and dying condition by a
reseñe party wnt out to look for him.
Kigney, who i 37 years old, a
stricken four days ago, daring which
time he was ottcrly helpless at his
Umely cabin. He is being brought to
Lake City for treatment, it is doubt
fnl ií he will recover.

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