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The Cimarron Valley Has the Land, Climate and Water. Wanted One Thousand Farmers
Entered as accond-class matter at the postoffice at Cim
arron, N. M., under act of Cou Kress, March 3, 1379.-
Methodist Church Entertainment Howlingly
Funny-Large Crowd-Receipts Sat
isfactory to Promoters
The "School Children" of the
Methodist Episcopal church gave an
entertainment in Matkin Hall last
Friday evening, which has set the
pace for amateum productions here
in Cimarron for some time to can,
and which was probably never be
. fore equalled in point of general ex
cellence here in Cimarron. For six
weeks the members of trie cast of
"The Old School," which was the ti
tle piece produced, have been work
ing hard on their parts, and have
been faithfully attending rehearsals
about four times a week. The pro
duction might be called a farce cora,
edy, or any other old thing that im
plies bubbling mirth and laughter
producing situations, because from
start to finish, the large audience was
kept in a storm of meriment by the
cast, which proved beyond a doubt
that there is nothing quite so funny
as grown up boys and girls. The
girls' parts were all taken by ladies
whom, we hesitate to state, and for
this sin may we be duly ,. forgiven
will never see sixteen again. Strong
sturdy men took the characters of
little boys, and the result was a great
laughter causing success.
Scene I was entitled "On the road
" to school. v A " country road, time 8
a. m." The stage scenry was very
realistic. A real barb wire fence had
been built, real trees were growing,
and all that was needed to make the
stage grass grow was real water.
The scene opened with little boys
and girls going to school. Childish
flirtations were indulged in, and the
tittle girl? fear of things creeping
was shown, a great spider web on
the fence being the cause.
The peaceful quiet of the country
lane was suddenly broken by the ap
pearance of a big snake. But brave
little Johnny Short, assisted by Ben
jamin long were equal to the occa
sion, and the reptile was quickly sent
to the happy snake heaven. But in
the execution, the club in the hands
of Johnny Short hit the toe of Ben
jamin Long and a crushed foot was
the result.
Scenes two and three depicted the
inside of a country school room over
which the stern rod wielding teach
er held full sway. Jim Herny Cob
and Jacob Von Hoffenstein, the
worst boys in school, certainly earned
the title by t'jeir actions, much to
the disgust of Mary Ellen's cousin
from the city. There were the boy
who asks questions, the daintly little
chap, the scrappy kid who is mighty
glad he isn't a girl, and in the words
of James Whitcomb Riley:
"I loves terchaugh green apples,
An' go swimmin' in thcr lake;
But I hates ter take the castor ile
They gives fcr bellyache."
There were the coy misses, the
little girl who is not afraid to use
her eyes, the cry baby, the giggler
and almost every kind of little girl.
In fact, about every disposition be
longing to little boys and girls were
shown in an excruciatingly funny
manner in the school room, and the
audience were convulsed with laugh
ter verging almost on tears at every
moment of the performance.
The school children sang a sotig
entitled, the "Spotted Farm," and
were greatly applauded. The demand
for an encore was satisfied by the
teacher announcing that if the audi
ence would keep very quiet, he would
trv and have his little charges sing
tli tour hinc dittv backwards. Ac
cordingly, they all turned around the
other way and sang it again. The
Cimarron band, composed of four
nieces, was another hit of the even
ing, as was also the grand opera of
F.mma Karnes and Jean de Kezke.
Between acts two and three, Mrs. F.
W. Brooks rendered-a song entitled!
"Sing Me to Sleep" in her usual
pleasing manner. The music of the
evening was rendered by the Metho
dist church orchestra, which has been
in practice for some months.
The cast of characters was as fol
lows: Joshua Toothache, teacher Charles
Isaac Rozinski, with his troubles
Tom Vest.
Emma Eames Maybelle Ogilvie.
Jean de Reszke Bobbie Cart
wright.. Lorenzo and Lorena Juniper Mr.
I Walls and Mrs. McDonald.
Johnny Short Mr. Troutman.
Benjamin Long Mr. Beckett.
Mug Rudd Mr. Pelphrey.
Jim Henry Cobb Mr. Hunter.
Jacob Von Hoffenstein Mr. Vest.
Corwin Kilgore Mr. Hickman.
Salvation Sampson Mr. Nance.
Mary Ellen Crockett Mrs. Hunter
Olivia Henrietta Arabella See
Mrs. Chesworth.
Indiana Crabtree Mrs. Ogilvie.
.Deliverance Dodgett Mrs. Mastcn
Temperance Teaberry Mrs. Trout
man. Set-still Campbell Mr. Slocum.
Doc. Quackenbos Mr. Barlow. '
Andrew Montgomery Mr. Ches
worth. Elizabeth Jane Crabtree Mrs. Wil
son. - . ' .
Emazilla Uphill Mrs. Brevoort.
The entertainment was given to
help pay off the church debt that has
been gradually reducing for some
time past. The entertainment was
well attended and the net" proceeds
will amount to about $50 after all
necessary expenses are paid. A neat
program was gotten out and the mer
chants and business men of the city
were very liberal in placing their ads
on the extra pages of the program
Taking it all in all, "The Old School
at Cimarron", was probably the best
amateur performance that has ever
been given in Cimarron, and it will
be a long time before it is again
Presidihg Eider Rev. B.
T. James Wlil Hold
Conference Here
The regular Quarterly Conference
of the Methodist Episcopal Church
here in Cimarron will be held on the
days, July 25th and 26th. . Rev. J.
Alfred Morgan has received word
from Rev. B. T. James that he will
arrive in Cimarron on the evening
of Friday, July 24th, and willremain
here over Sunday, leaving on the
Monday morning train, July 27th.
Mr. James stated that he wouldhold
the Conference while here and asked
that every church member and offi
cer be notified so that all reports and
business to come before the Confer
ence might be attended to and gotten
in shape for action.
Rev. James has made Cimarron a
visit regularly for some time past,
and his talks and thoughts on things
general as well as spiritual are full
of kindliness and good judgment. He
is a most pleasant man to meet.
The long distance telephone office,
which was formerly located in the
building of the Cimarron Drug and
Stationery Co., has been removed to
the new Riley building, one door
cast, into the confectionery store of
Wright & Roberson,
Recently, Cimarron was awakened
by an unusual demonstration by as
wicrd a band as ever performed for
Klu Klux Klan. At the hour of mid
night, the peaceful stillness was
broken by frightful howls and cries.
Startled citizens peered from behind
closed shutters to see about fifty gro
tesque figures performing all sorts
of dancing contortions, dressed in the
white and ghostly robes of night to
which mankind has been accustomed
to garb himself on seeking the
downy couch. The scene was lit up
by numerous torches, which each of
the .weird band held in his hand. Un
der the leadership of Big Smoke,
Wm. Lambert, the midnight raiders
paraded the old piaza1 in old town
and then went to the ball park in new
town and there held their revelries
anew. The torches used were old
broom? soaked in coal oil, and the
event was gotten up in celebration
of the incoming of the Glorious
Colorado Springs, July 14. Joseph
Fclas, aged 30, a gardener, came in
contact with a trolley feed wire while
dumping refuse into Fountain creek
in the southern part of the city yes
terday afternoon, and was instantly
killed. Pelas is survived by a widow
and three small children.
Duquette's Charges of
Resisting an Officer
Fall Through
The case of the Territory vs.
Fulton, which has been attracting
quite a little excitement here in
Cimarron, has been disposed of by
Justice of the Feace J. S. Wilson,
before whom the case came up on
preliminary hearing. The charge in
the case was that of resisting an of
ficer while making a lawful arrest.
W. II. Duquette, who has been hold
ing himself out to the public as r
constable, being the complainant and
prosecuting witness.
The evidence in the case was con
flicting in flight points on the part
of the prosecution, Duquette avering
that he had a warrant issued to him
as constable, directing him to arrest
Fulton on the charge of assault and
battery made upon the person of Du
quette himself, on the evening of
July third. According to Duquette's
story, he went up to Fulton and po
litely informed him that he was un
der arrest, at the same time reading
the warrant to him. He averred
that Fulton then started toward him
in a threatening manner and took
hold of him. Fearing for his safety,
he then pulled his six shooter and
was about to use it as a club when
Deputy Sheriff Wilson came on the
scene and made the arrest. Deputy
Sheriff Wilson stated on the stand
that when he came on the scene Du
quette whipped his gun out of his
holster and pointed it at Fulton, and
that he himself ordered Duquette to
drop his gun point, which he did
All witnesses for the prosecution
stated that they had seen no blows
struck by the defendant.
After the introduction of the - evi
dence for the prosecution, a motion
was made by the defense to dis
charge the defendant on the grounds
that Duquette, the man who attempt
ed to make the arrest was not at
that time an officer of the law and
had never been duly commissioned
as a constable, and for the furthet
reason that if he were a constable,
he was disqualified to serve process
or make arrests in a case in which
he himself was interested or connect
ed as complainant. Without intro
ducing any testimony as to the re
sistance m:;de, the defense showed
that the bond which Duquette had
sent to the County Commissioners
had nevcr'-bcen approved by them,
nor had it ever been recorded with
the "Record of Official Bonds" in
the office until his bond has been
approved .by the proper persons or
body ant! hen recorded in the "Rec
ord of Official Bonds" in the office
of the Comity Recorder It was
shown that Duquette had paid no at
tention fco these matters of law and
had simply assumed to act as Consta
ble under a letter from the County
Clerk informing him of his appoint
ment by the County Commissioners,
and directing him to make out a
bond and send it in for approval.
Having proved that Duquette was
not an officer of the law and never
had been, and that he was not there
fore entitled to make arrests, the mo
tion of the defense was sustained
and Fulton was discharged.
To a representative of the Citizen
after the trial, Mr. Fulton said: 'Du
quette and I had been mixed a little
the night before this arrest in ques
tion was made. On the morning of
the Fourth, I was on the depot plat
form when Duquette caiivue up to me
and grabbed me by the arm, telling
me to come along with him. That I
was under p.rrest. When he started
to drag me away, I naturally pulled
back, and, watned to know what the
arrest was for. After some tugging
he shoved what he said was a war
rant into, my face, and at the same
fime sho-ed a gun into my stomach.
Relie w that Duquette was not an
officer, arii'. knowing that if he were
he b;u' nn"ht to make an arrest in
a case iii hicí: he was complaintání,
I refused h go with him. When
Deputy Sheriff Wilson came up, I
went along with him without any
trouble. Duquette's case of assault
and battery against roe fell through,
and so he brought this other charge,
which has also fallen through."
Cox to Put in Double
Alley-Will Build
New Building
A. C. Cox, the proprietor of the
Cimarron Pool hall, will install a
bowling alley in connection with his
present business in the near future.
Mr. Cox does not have room enough
in his present quatrers to put in an
alley, and so he is expecting to start
building an addition to his building
on Tenlh street for the installation of
the alley. The new alley will be a
double Brunswick-Blake alley of the
best approved design and faultless
construction. It will be the regula
tion size and will add greatly to Cim
arron's entertainment.
Mr. Cox stated that he will have
two nights out of the week reserved
as ladies' night, when none but ladies
and their escorts will be allowed the
use of the alleys or even to be, in the
building. In this manner it is hoped
that the ladies will enjoy the use of
the alleys to the utmost. It will at
least give them a new and enjoyable
form of amusement.
There is already talk of forming
bowling clubs of both men and wo
men, and bowling parties will now be
a common thing hereafter in Cimar
ron. Mr. Cox will keep a record of
the scores and possibly offer prizes to
those making the best average scores
throughout each month. This is a
detail that has not been exactly set
tled on as yet, but will no doubt
come in the near future The Citizen
wishes Mr. Cox all success in his new
The Masons Dedicate
Enclosure of Grave
of Kit Karson
Members of the Masonic Fraternity
gathered at Taos, New Mexico, July
8th, to fittingly dedicate an enclosure
about the grave of Christopher Car
son, more familiarly known as Kit
A resolution prepared by Mr. C. J.
Crandall, of Santa Fc, and presented
to the Grand Lodge A. F. and A. M.
of New Mexico, meeting at Carlsbad,
N. M., received favorable action and
an iron fence was prepared and erect
ed about the lot where the remains of
illustrious Brother Christopher Car
son are buried in the Taos cemetery.
Grand Master J. W. Willson, depu
tized Nathan Jaffa, acting Grand Mas
ter; Solomon Spilz, acting Senior
Warden; Samuel Eldodt, acting Jun
ior Warden; Clinton J. Randall as
Masters of Ceremonies; Isaac W.
Dwyer, as Chaplain, to officiate at the
dedication as representatives of the
Grand Lodge.
The Fraternity was represented
from ten different states, Maine to
California, and Oregon to South Car
olina. The line of march was formed at
Taos Hotel and proceeded to the
cemetery, twenty-four brothers being
in line. , ...
Master of , Ceremonies C. J. Cran
dall, at the grave read the commun
ication from Grand Master Willson
which authorized the dedication of
the enclosure by his representatives.
Deputy Grand Master Jaffa offered
prayer, after which he directed Depu
ty Grand Junior Warden Eldoldt to
attend to his duty at the grave by the
placing of a bunch of roses on the
grave; following with a few remarks
Deputy Grand Senior Warden Spitz
then performed a similar duty at the
grac. The Grand Master placed a
sprig of evergreen upon the grave and
delivered the principal address, nar
rating in an eloquent manner the inci
dents in the life of Brother Carson as
'hey effected the nation, the territory
and the Fraternity.
Further remarks relative to the
chiiracter of the roan were made by
Master of Ceremonies Crandall, after
which Chaplain Dwyer offered pray
er. The line of march was then resum
ed to the former residence of Kit Car
ion where photographs were made of
the brothers in line.
In the evening a b".ii,Uet vu ten
dered by the Masonic Fraternity of
T'ios county to officers r.iul members
of the Grand Lodge and visiting
brothers at the Taos hotel, a vacant
chair marked th; materia! absence of
the illustrious brother whom gc gath
ered to honor.
Dr. T. P. Martin was toast master,
fulfilling the duties in a most efficient
and pleasing manner. The address of
welcome was given by Bro. I. W.
Dwyer, response by Deputy Grand
Master Nathan Jaffa.
Bros. Clinton J. Crandall, Indian
agent at Santa Fc, Solomon Spitz and
Isaac W. Dwyer, formed the commit
tee of the Grand Lodge while the lo
cal committee of arrangements was
composed of Bros. B. G. Randall,
Frank C. Ellis and Gcrson Gusdorf.
Reception committee: T. P. Martin,
Abe Smith, Chas. Craig and S. Wcdc
les. Invitation committee: G. A. De
nis, Alex Anderson, W. S. Witt.
In addition to those mentioned in
the foregoing, the following brothers
were present:
Wm. A. Anderson, Taos, N. M.;
Bauker N. Black, Elizabethtown, N.
M.; Blair Bumwell, Durango, Colo.;
J. R. Chambers, Lobo. N. M.; R. V.
Dieckman, Servilleta, X. M.; Richard
Edgccomb, Taos, N. M.: Ernest Hal-
loway, Taos, N. M.; M. II. Kinney,
Taos, N. M.; Chas. II. Randal', Liv
ermore Falls, Me.; Louis L. Small.
Denver, Colo.; W. M. Moody, Rin
conada, N. M.
The historical events in the life of
Kit Carson as narrated by Grand
Master Jaffa and others in their ad
dresses and by Captain Smith" H.
Simpson, who was closely associated
with Kit Carson during his life at
Taos, are briefly outlined here.
He was born of Virginian parents in
Kentucky and is mentioned to have
occurred by the various authorities
from 1805 to 1809. Early in life he
was apprenticed to a saddler but soon
tired of the cinfinement and came
west and is next heard of as hunter
and trapper to the garrison of Fort
Bent in what is now the State of
Colorado. His hunting and trapping
trips while in the empoly of the gar
rison and on his own account covered
all this western country as far as the
Pacific Ocean and no one was more
familiar with mountains and deserts
than he. When Colonel John C. Free
mont selected him at the suggestion
of Lucien B. Maxwell, he had the
best guide procurable to pilot him on
this hazardous journey to the Pa
cific. The trail is still well defined in
many places. The trees on steep hill
sides bear the mark of ropes used in
keeping upright the wagons loaded
with supplies. The old smooth bore
cannons which were taken on the trip
and used in the California campaign
at Monterey and Los Angeles are
now preserved at the Court House in
I.os Angeles, California.
After the surrender of the Mexi
cans, Kit Carson was employed in the
conveying horseback of important
papers between California and the
East for the government for which
his compensation is reported trj have
been $500 per month and expenses.
Kit Carson's services were most
valuable to Freemont, the latter being
tyranical in his treatment of Indians
and mountaineers, while Carson was
quiet and kind, he would smooth over
the roughness made by his command
er and be to these people like oil
spread upen troubled waters of the
C'u-m y" " ' ' f - - ..." - v
In 18 Carson was appointed In
dian agent, first stationed at Cimar
ron, afterward at Taos.
The Pueblos, Utes avid Apache
tribes were his charges, they being
located about Cimarron, Ute Park
and to the north and west.
Kit Carson was as a father and
brother to the Indians their adviser
and friend at all times, their superior
at woodcraft, hunting and trapping.
He never deceived the Indian and
they respected him. No other man
knew the Indian so well as he famil
;ar with their languages, character
and customs, it is no wonder that he
held their confidence and regard.
There is at least one Indian now
living who accompanied Carson on
many of his scouting trips, by name,
Nah-ah-kig-gec-oh-tziir of Jicarilla
tribe of Apaches, whose fattier was
The tribe was located on what is
now' the Bartlett and Adams ranch in
northern Colfax county. The Apaches
were at war with the Coinanches. A
decisive battle was fought on Costilla
Mountain in which this young brave
displayed much valor and thereby re
ceived his name, which means "'Left
Two," there being only two of the
Comanches left who had taken part in
this battle. This Apache, now old, is
proud of his acquaintance with Kit
Carson and relates incidents to his
friends wherein Carson is always the
At the breaking out of the Civil
war, Kit Carson joined with Cononcl
Ccran St. Vrain in enlisting a regi
ment of native soldiers known as 1st
New Mexican organized in June 1861.
Ccran St. Vrain as colonel and Kit
Carson as Lieutenant Colonel. Short
ly after being mustered into the ser
vice St. Vrain resigned as Colonel
and Kit Carson rose to that com
mand. The regiment participated in
the battles at Val Verde. A portion
of his command occupied Fort Craig
and later lie rendered assistance to
Forts Stanton and Bascom. He had
command of the expedition against
the Navajos in 186,, defeating them at
Canon de Chclly, Rito Quenado, on
the Little Colorado, near the San
Francisco mountains, at Pueblo, Col.,
near Oraibe and at Mesa la Baca.
In 1865, he occupied Fort Garland
in Colorado, where his command re
mained until mustered out, October,
1807. In 1865 he was commissioned a
brigadier general. After the war he
resided with Thos. Boggs on the Ar
kansas in Colorado. Mr. Boggs rais
ed the younger children of Carson af
ter his death which occurred May 23,
i860. He was at Fort Lyons undr
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