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CIMARRON CITIZEN The Cimarron Valley Has the Land, Climate and Water. Wanted One Thousand Farmers FIRST YEAR Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice at Cim arron. N. M., under act of Congress, March 5, 1879.- CIMARRON, NEW MEXICO, WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 1908 NUMBER NINETEEN SPIESS GAVE ADDRESS HON. CHAS. A. SPIESS AD DRESSED CIMARRON JULY FOURTH GEO. H. WEBSTER INTRO DUCED SPFAKER. Last Saturday afternoon at about three :thirty, Hon. Chas. A. Spiess, of Las Vegas, gave Cimarron a most finished address as the speaker of the day commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Spiess is one of the best, if not the very best speaker in the territory to-! day, and his services are very much in demand on all occasions. Because of this fact, Cimarron was very lucky to obtain such a man at such a time The sueaker who was fitly intro duced by Geo. H. Webster of Cim rron, stated that in his opinion, Cim arron was an ideal spot to celebrate the Fourth, believing that just such a spot was in the poet's mind when he wrote the immortal words of that rand soné. "Mv Country 'Tis of Thee." The address of the afternoon was in part as follows: This is the 132 anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Bv that declaration the American Colonists of 13 British colonies de tcrmined to sever the ties which bound them to their Mother Coun try, and established a government of their own. ' After six years of bloody war the battle of Yorktown decided the is sues in favor of the American arms, and Cornwallis with about 10.000 British soldiers, surrendered to Gen eral Washington. The news of the disaster to the British arms, reached England Nov. 25th, 1782, and caused Lord North, the Prime Minister to throw up his arms nd exclaim, "O, God! it is all over." It was all over and a new nation was borne to the world. While political liberty was gained by the colonists, it .was at a terrible cost in life and treasure. And while the struggle of seven years, were years of grief, years of hardship and years of practical starvation for our soldiers, it gave birth to heroes whose names will be remembered as long as the English tongue endures. There is, however, one patriot who perhaps is not so well known to you as he should be. Nathan Hale, who pave his life to the sac; eel cause and today sleeps in an unknewn and un marked grave. During the dark days of the Revolution, .when the gloom iest period of the war was at haniÁ, Washington, with 14,000 men was opposed by an army of 2S.C0O men, he iiower of the Brt'tish army under the command of Lord Howe. The safety oí WashingtJ.i required that he obtain accurate kno!:dg.e of the forces of Howe and their Oispositios. He could only obtain this informa tion by tending a spy into the lines oí the enemy. Every one to whom the scheme was proposed, declined to engage in so perilous an enterprise, until Capt. Hali wis racr..ri. Hals disquiscd as a scho 1 teacher, enter ed the enemy's lines. Ho spent some two weeks there, when he was be trayed to the British by a Tory rela tive of his. While standing with noose around his neck, the executioner said. "Now is the time n rr.aki your dyinj speech and confsssio t " But Hale gave hint a look of dig nified contempt anl wit!i a depth of feeling, which melted llv-sc around him inte tears, said, "My ty regr;t is that J have bu, one life to give t't my country." "Swing: off the rebel" cried Cunningham, and hah' an hour liter the body ta the :ir:y&.was con signed to an U".kr.'jy.'ii yravc, but .o the blessed land for which be gave uo his life. Histcry afford í no more touch' story' of exalted patriotism than that of Capt. Nathan Hale, the martyr spy of the Revolution, and on Nov. 25, 1893, statute of Hale was unveiled in City Hall Park, New Y.k, with im pulsive ceremonies in the presencj of an immense assembly. Second on ly to Washington,, his achievements for liberty and the nation will adorn the brightest pages of our history. The end of the war brought with it a multitude of difficulties. It left the colonies no government. It left 13 independent nations having nothing in common, but our forefathers were equal to the occasion, and after much debate, and after much strife, the constitution of the United States was adopted, and now a new nation was ushered into the world. The only nation which is the asylum of the op pressed of all the world. By its con stitution this new nation opened the Bible to all and left everyone free to worship God according to the dic tates of his own conscience. By its constitution it guaranteed to every one equal protection, thereby secur ing to all. civil, industrial and politi cal equality. Every since the neces sities of society brought about the formation of Government there h ave been two distinct and antagonistic theories of government. The one that man exists for the benefit of the government, the other, that government exists for the bene fit of man. The American Govern ment belong s to the latter class. We believe that our institutions are or ganized and maintained 'for the bet terment of mankind. Our laws arc devised to promote happiness among our people and while I am on this subject I desire to direct your atten tion to a band of noble men and wo men in our own territory, who disin terestedly have banded themselves together in an organization known as the Children's Home society. This society is not engaged in sectarian work. Its work is confined to find ing homes for indigent and homeless children where they will receive love and education. The managers of this society receive no remuneration or reward for their work other than the satisfaction of knowing that they have the life long gratitude of their unfortunate charges. Societies of this character, the alms houses and oth er elemosnary institutions or the blessings which flow from our gov ernment which was born out of the Declaration of Independence." Speaking of the Declaration of In dependence, Mr. Spiess said: July 4th, 1776, a day which doubt less will be celebrated as our grand-i est and most joyous anniversary to the end of time. The immortal doc ument was received with bonfires and illuminations and general rejoicing. It was read at the head of the army and nerved the patriots to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in the struggle for lib erty and independence. It is being celebrated today as it is here, in every city, in every town, and hamlet of the United States. It is being celebrated as it was then by bonfires and illuminations, by the booming of cannon, by the dis play of bunting and the "Star Spangled Banner," by the ferry song of children and the joyous shouts of loyal men and women and late into the fading night when at last the glorious orb of day begins to burn out the darkness of night, there still hangs' on the air the dulcet strains of the poet song "My country 'tis of thee and a grateful people lisp Sweet land of Liberty." ROY LANE IS DEAD The many friends of John Lane of Cimarron will be deeply grieved to learn of the death of his younger brother, Roy Lane, which occurred at Raton recently. Roy .was injured in some manner by a horse and was found unconscious. He was taken to Raton and given the best of skill ed medical attention, but a blood clot on the brain placed him beyond all human aid. He was a bright man ly young fellow and was popular with all who knew him. CIMARRON Something Doing Every Moment Big Crowd in Attendance. Glorious Day. The Glorious Fourth of July ha come and gone, and once more Cim arron has settled down to normal conditions and trying to catch up in the business that had been neglected for two or three days. But the mem ory of the good times enjoyed is still disquieting, the smell of powder smoke is still heavy on the air. The Glorious Fourth was indeed a most glorious one in Cimarron. Early in the morning crowds began to assem ble in town, scores of people from the neighboring ranches and faris be gan to flock into Cimarron, guns boomed, fire crackers cracked, and every one got ready for the real fun of the day. The St. Louis, Rocky Mountain & Pacific railroad ran a big excursion from both Raton and Dawson, and the long train was crowded with pleasure seekers. The Las Vegas band had been hired for the occasion, and as the excursion train pulled into Cimarron, it added the sweet strains of music to the noise that greeted the arrival of the visitors. Owing to the fact that the train did not get in to Cimarron until eleven o'clock, the program that had been planned for the morning, was postponed until the afternoon, and was rushed through with renewed vim and snap that al lowed the whole thing to be given. At twelve o'clock a big larlccue was held under the big trees in Old Town, just south of the new bridge. Mr. William Buckley of Raton, was the presiding genius over the fire, and he, together with his assitants, worked at the roasting animals from late in the night of the third, until noon of the Fourth. Savory pieces of the fine roast beef were passed around to the hungry throng, and cof fee and sandwitches were freely dis pensed to all who wished them. To Mr. Mason Chase are due the thanks of the community for having donat ed the beef for the barbecue. As soon as the hungry crowds had whetted their appetites, they adjourn ABANDONS HIS WIFE Keefer Leaves in a Rush. Takes All Ready Cash and Leaves -Wife Desolate. T. S. Keefer, who has been a resi dent of Cimarron for the past few months, having gone into the laund ry business here recently, has left town, and his whereabouts are un known, even to his devoted wife. Mrs. Keefer, who has been so base ly deserted, was recently injured in a run away, and is hardly able to be around as yet. Coming to Cimarron about three months ago, the Keefers went into the employ of the Swastika hotel, and soon after, Mrs. Keefer in vested nearly all of her hard earned savings in a little laundry here, and has since done most of the hard woYk in operating the enterprise. The growing needs of the business de manded a mangle, and it was found that one could be obtained at Raton for forty dollars. Keefer was given the necessary amount out of the earnings of the business to go to Raton and purchase the machine. He was also giren about an equal amount to pay various bills around town, and he then started out sup posedly for Raton, and " has never been heard from since. After his de parture, it was discovered that he HAD GRAND F0URT1 ed to the ball bark to witness the program of the afternoon, in which races and athletic contests of every description were pulled off with the following results: 100 yard- dash T. Brooke, first; Bass, second. Greased Pig Chase Martinez. Shot Put Whitney, first; Newby, second. Sack Race Cartwright, first; Spicklcmicr, second. Ball Throw B. Brooke, first, Bass, second. Relay Race B. Brooke, Bass, Tay lor, Fisher. Tug o'War, Capt. Mason Chase's sturdy team. High Jump Whitney, Newby, Cox Hurdle Race Fisher, first; Rog ers, second. Wheel Barrow Race Pelphrey. Paek-a-Back Race B. Brooke, Bass, Brick, Rogers. Ladies' Race Miss Daley, first, Miss Heck, second. One of the best features of the day was the Fat Man's .race, in which there were only two entries. Hon. Chas. A. Spiess and Hon. II.' M. Letts. The race was a fifty yard dash, and was won by Mr. Spiess by a stomach. The horse races and other sports were pulled off out at the old race track southwest of Cimarron about a mile, and they were of a very high order, causing no little excitement among those who were fortunate enough to see them. The owner of every fast horse in the country was rfsetit with hi string, but to Sim Cauley went the honors of the day, his horcs winning by far the great er number of the races. The results of the iports at the race track were ns follows: ' On. :tni n tiolf m,!, i1n rirtt change saddles, three horses to a mount: Sim Cauley, Stanley Chase, Fred Valdez. 300 yard pony race, Sim Cauley, F. Whitney, H. H. .Chandler. had taken every cent that was in the house, having cleaned out the cash drawer completely. Word has been sent to surrounding towns to look out for the fugitive, and it is to be hoped that he will be apprehended. YANKEE OR DAWSON . TO PLAY CIMARRON Next Sunday on the Cimarron ball grounds a good game of ball between Cimarron and either Yankee or Daw son will take place. The game has not as yet been arranged certainly, but it is an assured fact that either one or the other of the two teams will meet the local aggregation on the home' field. Which ever team comes, the game is bound to be close and interesting. RETURN FROM LONG TRIP 'UNCLE JIM' LIVINGSTON AND HARRY CONNORS RETURN FROM WAGON TOUR "Uncle Jim" Livingston and Harry Connors have returned to Cimarron after taking a long and extensive wagon trip throughout the southern part of New Mexico. The two men started from Cimarron about two months ago in a buckboard, and went as far south as Albuquerque arid Gal lup, at which latter place they met Burton Williams and Kersey Coe, who are also out on just such a trip of pleasure. "Uncle Jim" states that he never had a better time in his life, and that the trip was a glorious one. Free for all, 1-4 mile dash, Sim Cauley, H. H. Chandler, F. Whitney. Ring Tournament, F. Whitney, M. G. Chase, R. Whiteman. A broncho busting contest had been included on the program, but it was impossible to ifind two bad horses in the country and while there were two entries in the contest, but one horse could be found. Bud Bird, who is one of the best riders in the whole southwest, gave an exhibition of riding on an outlaw horse of the J. S. brand, now owned by the Mc Cormick outfit, riding the vicious brute .with a hackamour instead of a bridle. Bird gave a fine exhibition and easily demonstrated his undoubt ed ability to ride anything that the sinch will hold a saddle to. The rest of the afternoon of the Fourth was taken up with the public speaking in the city park, and in the evening there was a boxing contest for . the edification of the lov ers of the manly art of self defense, and for those who were so cially inclined, three dances were ill progress. One at the Matkin hall, one of the Spanish hall and one in Aztec hall. Taking into consideration the fact that the celebration was gotten up and the whole program arranged in a little more than a week, owing to the falling through of the plans Daw son had made for the proper observ ance of the day, the celebration here ft Cimarron was a grand success All the visitors seen, expressed themselves as being more than pleas ed at the exceptionally good time they enjoyed.' The merchants of Cimarron all closed up their places "f business and helped to fitly enter tain our guests. With the exception of the boxing contest in the evening, everything was free, and every one was welcome to everything. The Citizen is proud of the way Cimar ron and Cimarron business men came to the front with both their time and their money. CIMARRON IS VICTOR COKEDALE TEAM IS SNOWED UNDER TO TUNE OF 14 TO 1 Last Sunday afternoon, the Cimar ron baseball team crossed bats with the Cokcdalc team at the Cimarron ball park, and the slaughter was fear ful. The visitors being snowed un der to the tune of fourteen to one. Cokcdalc was the first to bat and went out in one, two, three order. Cimarron made six runs in the first inning, and thereafter the walkaway was so one sided that the sporting editor of the Citizen went to sleep and lost all track of the game. The seore and the summary of the game was as follows: COKEDALE AB.R.H. PO.A.E. Higgins, c 4 o o 3 "3" 3 Lhacou lb 4 Harding rf 2 Burns 3b 4 Lynn, p 3 Cledo If 3 Chavey ss 3 Rickets 2b 3 0 12 o o o o Marray cf 3 O o 29 1 3 24 9 14 CIMARRON AB.R.H. PO.A.E. T. Brook c 5 4 o 12 t 1 Cherry ss I I o 2 o I Curry 3b 4 3 3 I 2 o Ncuby Ib 3 0 I 10 0 1 Bass cf 5 1 t o o o Jackson rf 321 too Taylor 2b 3 I I 02 t W. Brooke If .... 3 t 1 o o o Lockhard p 5 t 2 I 3 o 3a 14 10 27 84 ARSON IS SUSPECTED Fire at Legal Tender Saloon Looks Sus picious. Big Loss Averted. Last week, what might have been a big blaze and heavy loss by fire at the Legal Tender Saloon, owned by Henry Grubbs, was averted. About ten o'clock in the evening, a large blaze and heavy smoke was noticed coming through the room to the rear of the bar room, and only quick ac tion on the part of Mr. Grubbs and those in the room put the flames in check. Investigation showed that a bucket of coal oil had been set up against the frame side of the rear of the building, a quantity of paper had been thrown into the bucket and the whole set on fire. Mr. Brubbs states that he did not have any coal oil around the place, and that the bucket was not his. It looked as if some one had deliberately filled the buck et and palced it against the building with the purpose of setting fire to the whole structure. Mr. Grubbs states that he was not aware that he had a single enemy in the town, and he is at a loss to know who should wish to injure him in this manner. As yet no important clues have been 'found, and it is likely that the man ner in which the fire was started, or by whom, will be a mystery forever. If, however, circumstances should point to any persons as being con nected with setting the building 01 fire, Mr. Grubbs is prepared to press the matter through to the bitter end, and bring the base culprit to justice. BIG DEAL IS MADE Livran Buys Out Littrell Bros. Harness Shop. Will Move to New Quarters. An important business change has been made in Cimarron within the past few days. Henry Livran, who is starting a general hardware and harness business, recently purchased from Littrell Bros, the entire stock of harness and leather goods, togeth er with buying out the business of the old firnv Mr. Livran has rented the cast haft of the lower floor in the new Riley building just cast of the post office, and has been busiuly en gaged in fitting up his new quarters to meet the needs of the extensive enterprise which he is about to en gage in. In addition to the general hardware business, lie will carry a full line of harness, saddles and all leather good, and (or this reason the above mentioned deal was made. Lit trell Bros, will continue in possession of the goods at their old stand for a week or so, and as soon as Mr. Liv ran takes possession, Mr. John Lit trell, who has had charge of the bus iness of his firm, will go into the em ploy of Mr. Livran for a short time. The firm of Littrell Bros, has been in business here in Cimarron for the past two years and a half, and by the sterling honesty of their business methods, they have won the confi dence and esteem of all who have come into contact with them. Cim arron hates to see the dissolution of the old firm.