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THE CLAYTON NEW
DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF GOOD CITIZENSHIP AND THE UPBUILDING OF THE COMMUNITY. VOLUME VI II. CLAYTON, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY, APIUL 10, 1915. NO. 15. t X light on beginning of hah Great European Conflict Could Eas lly Huve Been Prevented Is Con tention of the Allies. It may seem a vain thing to at tempt at this day to II x the respon sibility for the European war, hut Sir Edward Grey did well, in his address in London, to fasten atten tion upon one point. To prevent the outbreak of the war last Au gust, he afllrmed, there could have born "a European conference when and' where Germany desired." This statement ran he amply verilled from the official dispatches at the time. Indeed, the Germans do not deny it. It is not even mentioned, for example, in the controversial article recently published by Ir. Karl HellTerich, the German minis ter of finance. This is skillful and plausible, but begins with the Rus sian mobilization, passing over en tirely the fact that, if Germany had agreed to England's proposals, steps could easily have been taken fo pre vent further mobilization in any of the countries involved. The Ger man government, to be sure, de clared that Sir Edward Grey's plan was not feasible, but has never ex plained why. If the thing had to he done over again, we doubt if Ger many would dismiss so cavalierly the suggestion of England that a conference of the powers be held "when and where Germany desired." I pon the subject of Heliuin for swearing her neutrality by entering into military schemes with Great Britain, the World, in its interview with King Albert, cites a statement by the Belgian ruler which goes to the very heart of the question: "No one in Belgium gave the name of Anglo-Belgian Conventions to the letter of General Ducarne t the Minister of War detailing the en tirely informal conversations with the British military attache, but I was so desirous of avoiding even the semblance of anything that might be construed as unneutral that I had the matters, of which it is now sought to make so much, communicated to the German mili tary attache in Brussels. When the Germans went through our archives they knew exactly what tiny would llnd, and all their present surprise ami indignation are assumed." Here is a direct assertion which calls for an equally unambiguous re ply. It certainly was an unusual conception of neutrality which im pelled the. Belgian government to acquaint the German government with precautions Belgium was tak- ing against a German invasion; but it was good statesmanship, too, j since the Belgian purpose would be , served if Germany was aware that Belgium was pn pared to defend her : neutrality. W hy the statesmen at ( Berlin upon the outbreak of hostil- j ities should have pleaded the law I of necessity instead of accusing Bel- 1 giuin of perlldity, as they did later, ! is a puzzle perhaps fo be explained by the general muddle in German diplomacy that marked the begin nings. New York Evening I'ost. W llhird Puts Negro to Bad Jess Willard, known to the pugi listic world as the Kansas cowboy, won the heavyvveight championship of the world from Jack Johnson, tin; odoriferous coon who has disgraced the sport for ten years, at Havana, Cuba, Monday, April 5th. Johnson is a great lighter, and for twenty rounds set the pace and slugged, hooked and smashed Wil lard almost at will. He is one of the most scientilic heavyweights the game has ever produced, and at sparring and boxing Willard is a novice compared to him. On the other hand, Willard, who is but . twenty-six years tdd, is about the most perfect specimen of physical manhood known, and Johnson was simply unable to hurt him. After -the negro had fought himself out and his age began to tell, Willard stepped in and with a few well di rected pile-driver blows to the body and a terrific smash to the jaw, knocked Iho coon cold, being pro claimed champion after one min ute of lighting in Hie 2üth round. Willard has issud u statement in whirh lie declare that he will never 11 Bht another nogre. Livingston Ward Hiram M. Livingston of near Pat terson, and Mrs. Marie Ward, who taught school at that place the past winter, were married Wednesday evening by Justice Kingdom. They will make their future home in Col orado. Both are popular in the Pat terson neighborhood, and have many friends who join The News in wish ing (hern every success, and great happiness. Hiflfis Buir On Tuesday of this week, at the home of the bride on her parents' ranch sixteen miles north of this city, at high noon, Hazel Lcnore lliggs, charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hazel lliggs, and Benja min Bail' were unitetd in he holy bonds of luarimony, in the presence f I he immediate relatives and a few friends. Hev. Hay Spotts I him, acting pastor of the bride, officiat ed, using the ring ceremony. Im mediately after the wedding cere mony, all present parlok of an elab orate wedding luncheon. Mr. and Mrs. Bair will reside in he community, where the groom is engaged in farming. They have many friends who join with The N, ws in wishing them great happiness and prosperity as they journey through life together. One good furnished room to rent, northwest of schoolhouse. Gentle man preferred. Robert Bangerter. lt-.'lt. Grape Juice Diplomacy When Secretary Daniels elimin ated wine from navy lockers and Secretary Bryan made .state dinners famous by the substitution of grape juice for claret, a roar of laughter went up from the chan cellors of Europe at what the gov erning minds of the various nations labeled our "grape juice diplo mats." Certain imperial orders recently issued in Russia; the impression of the green siren in Frunce, and pend- I nig restrictive measures in Merry England, make it appear that the stand taken by the American offi cials may not be so humorous af á ..o tu ti ii I ter an. .tiiMiiiuertiue nerum. Revolvers revolver is a niekle-plated sub 1 stitute for bravery, which has prac tically driven the original arta 1 out of the market. The revolver gives a puny man with a 'Hi-inch brain and the pluck of a grasshopper, a 100-yurd reach, and makes him more deadly than a Sioux Indian. There was a time when this country had no danger ous animals, except bears and wol ves and life was safe, except on the frontiers, hut now vast hordes of 1(5 year old hoys who use their skulls for a dime novel bookcase, roam the streets with cigarettes in their face and portable cannon in their hip pockets, producing obituaries with the skill and enthusiasm of a chol era microbe; while it is at all times possible to meet a personal enemy who has been chasing you for a week, and who is reluctantly com pelled to defend himself when he catches you by filling you so full of lead that your remains will require eiglit pall-tiearers. Revolvers are now so generally used in debate, in domestic quarrels and repartee of all sorts, that 8,000 Americans die of them each year, it is said. For Sale A fino 2-year-old Spanish Jack of the classy kind. May be seen at the O. K. Feed Yard on or after Mon day, April 19, and for two weeks af ter, unless sold before. Owner can be found at Pioneer Garage. 15-2t NEW MEXICO LANDS VALUABLE Uncle Sam East Losing Out in This Lund District. New People Fust Taking Vacant Lands. 50,954.11 acres were taken up in this land district during the month of March, 1015, tills being next to the largest aereaba ever allowed since the district; was organized. There have been taken up and al lowed in the past fline months 358, 711.74 acres. This shows conclus ively that government land in Union county is being horhesteaded rapidly and it is a question of a very short time until all vaejint land will be taken. There hae been from fif teen to twenty peityle on the streets every day for the past week looking for homes here. Evidently the peo ple of the older slates are looking upon this sections of New Mexico with a keen eye, and Union county is bound to enjoy a year of prosper ity such as it has never known be fore. Beside the homestead entries mentioned above, thousands of acres of deeded lands have changed own ers. Union county farmers are put ting out record crops, and consid ering the linn season now in the ground it will not be surprising if farming land is selling for from $25 to $.'15 per acre within one year. A Land Office Business Thos. L. Owen, receiver of the U. S. Land Oflice at Clayton, was in the citv Monday on business connected wilh his oflice. In an interview with ! Mr. Owen he stated that on July I, l'.M there was 700,(100 acres of open land in his district, of which over one half has been taken up to this time, November 1UU, being the big- gest month with 52,000 acres filed upon. This land -Is prov ing a suc cess as agricultural laud, splendid crops being raised thereon the past year. The filings are for the great er part being made by people from Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Owen further slated that Clayton is enjoying a prosperous and healthy trade. Northeastern New Mexico laud, which is as productive as laud in eastern states commanding high prices, together with the ideal cli mate and heslpeople, are the chief reasons for locating in this section. Raton Reporter. v For Sale f5 heud cows and 2 bulls. Extra 1 quality, all natives. 75 head : coming three and four years ' I. May be seen at my ranch 7'j southwest of Texline. II. II. .millón. li-3t. Special Notice ! he town clerk is instructed to no t.:y all residents of Clayton to clear II; ir premises of all rubbish of whatsoever kind, including dead an ii.ials and fowls, also that the prac ii e of throwing refuse of any kind i i the alleys must be discontinued. 1 1 st of hauling will be great ly reduced by all taking pains to keep their ashes free from rubbish and otherwise clean so they can be used on the streets. Those doing this will be able to get their rubbish hauled away for 50c per load, if same can he easily loaded from the alley; less than loads will be hand led in proportion. Anyone failing to clean up as here required, will have their premises cleaned under the supervisión of the sanitary board, with additional cost. It is further advised that Ordi nance No. 8 will in future be strict ly enforced. This ordinance pro hibits the keeping of hogs in the city limits, or permitting chickens to run at large, under penalty of a line or imprisonment, or both, at discretion of the court. It is to the interest of all to co operate with the city olllcials to make Clayton clean and sanitary, and it is earnestly hoped that it will not be necessary to use compulsory measures in a single instance to en force the above ordinances. By order of the Board of Trustees Town of Clayton, New Mexico. First episode of the "Twenty Mil lion Dollar Mystery" will appear on the screen at The Dixie, Wednes day, April 11th. The story is run ning in all the leading newspapers of the country. Nothing but the Thanhauser Stars appear in this series of pictures, which is a guar antee. 15 Milo HatclifT returned Tuesday from Denver, where he purchased a line new soda fountain for the City Drug Store. Milo is making a suc cess as a young business man. Fence Post Wanted 1500 good sound post. Call at the Pioneer Garage up until April 21. Mrs. Sol. Ham, Dead Mrs. Solomon Ham, wife of the popular young ranchman, died Wed nesday morning at the Winchester hospital, blood poisoning being the immediate cause of death. The fu neral was held Thursday afternoon and was conducted by Hev. Herein, pastor of the Baptist Church. The (hid Fellows and Rebeccas conduct ed the services at the grave. Manv friends and neighbors of the family j came in from the counry to attend the funeral. Mrs. Bam is survived by her hus Uiii I and three small children, and by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. Stevens, of Tucnmcari, who were present at the death and at tended the funeral. The News ex tends sincere sympathy to the be- reaved family Wateh for the announcement date on "The Dollar Mark." which is to be exhibited soon at The Dixie. 15 Methodist Notes for Sunday, April It !t:45 a. rn. Sunday school. 10:15 a. in. Morning worship and sermon by the pastor. 3:(M) p. m. Preaching at Apache Valley schoolhouse. 7:00 p. in. Young peoples service. 7:15 p. in. Evening worship, and sermon by the pastor. Music by a large chorus choir. Mid-week service for bible study Wednesday evening at 7:1)0 o'clock. Children's class Friday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock. Ray Spotts I him, Minister. The American Legion The American Legion is an organ ization trying to get into comnmiii calion with, enlist the help of, and secure the co-operation of those men scattered throughout the coun try who would come to the defense of their country in case of war. It is a movement which deserves the success with which it has met, be cause, in case of war, it could be of Hie greatest assistance. Men who have had training in (he regular ar my, in the states' militia, or in civil life, and who would volunteer in case of war, should he located and kept in communication with each other. The American Legion is sim ply an organization that will assist the government in case of need. It asks neither state nor national aid financially or otherwise. The commission for relief of the Belgians, with headquarters in the city of New York, reports that a to tal of more than 21,500,000 has been received, and the greater part of it sp nt for the Belgians. Nearly six ty cargoes of foodstuff valued at more than $20,000.1X10, had been sent to Rotterdam for relief purposes up to the middle of March. It re quires about 90,(XH) tons of food per month to keep the Belgians from starving. Curd of Thanks We take this means of extending our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the many friends who so kindly ren dered aid. sympathy and comfort at the time of the recent sad death of our son and brother. Y'our kindness cheered us greatly in our affliction. Y'our friendship will ever be grate fully remembered. Mr. and Mrs. John J. Brophy. John Brophy, Jr. STOCK DJSEASE IS ERADICATED Government Issues notice that Foot and .Mouth Disease Is Thing of the Past. Washington, April 5. With the livestock foot and mouth epidemie curbed, the department of agricul ture today issued orders modifying quarantine regulations in many of the infected districts. The orders were the first issued since the cam paign against the disease began last fall that added new territory to the quarantined area. Reports during the past few weeks have shown steady improvement in conditions, and on April 1 the de partment announced that there was no animal in the United States suf fering with the disease. Since thi n there have been reports of sporadic cases, but it is believed that com plete eradication of the plague is almost in sight. School Election Was Quiet Affair V The annual school election held last Monday resulted in the election f Mrs. Jennie I team, and Dr. D. W. Haydoii, both for a term of four years. Several tickets were in the field, but the strength developed by the opposing candidates was almost nil. The day was cloud; and threat ening, a fact that caused a light vote. The result of the voting was as follows: Mr. Jennie Ileum. 221 Dr. D. W. Haydoii, 20:t N. F. Gallegos, 35 R. W. Isaacs, 31 F. C. de Baca, 24 Mrs. J. M. Davis, 1.1 A. James McDonald, II How to Learn War is Crawl through the trenches of an unfinished sewer excavation in the slush and putting wind of a sleet storm. Touch o IT a few sticks of lynamite from time to time to keep you unaware of the lack of regular meals and have an obliging police man empty his revolver occasional ly in your general direction. Four or live early morning hours of this will make you forevermore a real neutral. Collier's. CUATES Our guess is th:;t the p: opb of as this community enjoyed Easter, it was such a nice day. The dance this week at the new Guy schoolhouse was well attend ed. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Fisher. Every one enjoyed themselves hugely, and did not go home until an early hour in the morning. u'l'he party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Wood's was well at tended. Supper was served at 10:30. Games were played and every one enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Mr. Nin Halcomh will leave New Mexico in a few days for a trip to Wyoming. Mr. Chas. Stone and family, Mr. C. M. Sprague, and Mr. Ira Wood, were Sunday visitors at the home of Mrs. L. A. Stone. J. W. Stone and family were Sun day visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde HulT. "Mr. Bee Rainwater, Mr. Carl Moore and two friends, who were on their way to Colorado, were delay ed Tuesday evening by the rain storm. The delay was announced by their chápenme, Miss Sylvia Stone. Í' Editor's request. Please, and please again. Please give dates, or something that will definitely es tablish the time of happenings. George Kleine presents "Vendet ta," Monday, April 19th, at The Dix ie Theatre. Matinee at 2:30 p. in., and regular show at 7:30 p. m. This production had a long run at Den ver, i' 15 F. C. de Baca, deputy county trea surer, left Friday afternoon for Santa F'e to look after business con nected with his oflice. He will re turn the first of next week.