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Volume i. No. i. TUCUHCARI, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY. NOV. 1905. Subscription $1.50 a year. HOCK ISLAND OFFICIALS HERE Had Been Over the Line to Dawson on Tour of In spection. STAYED HERE OVER. NIGHT Gonorel Manager H. L. Simmons pri valu car, l'aso del Norte, came in f r o in Dawson Tuesday evening and stayed over here until Wednesday morning. The party aboard were Dr. James Douglas, President of the road and Miss Douglas, his daugh ter; II. L. Simmons, the General Manager, Mr. Dodge; General Auditor Crane a n d Mrs. Crane; J. L. Campbell, Engineer of M. of W., ami his assistant, II. S. Krvay, and others whose names we did not get In interview with a member of the party we were told that the object of the trip was the inspection of the work being done along the line and at Dawson, and that the lay-over here was for the benefit of some of the party who had not yet seen t h e nrooertv of the company at this place. As to divisions and soforth for Tucumcari, there was nothing definite to be given out at this time, freight division has been re cently established at Carrizoo and further changes are contemplated, At Dawson, the company is making ex tensive improvements. Nine miles of track is beinu laid in the yards, a n e w round house is building, a 70ft turn table a couple of concrete arches to take t h e place of bridges in the yards, moving the hotel and depot and enlarging them, build ing a number of resiliences for employees etc. South of Santa Rosa they are widening embankments, raising track, rebuilding bridges from 1C1 l'aso to Carrizozo, a n d putting in ten miles of Soll steel rails near Carrizozo; straightening curves, putting in a rock crushing plant at Teeolote to make ballast for the road from Kl l'aso east, and extending side tracks to double their pres ent capacity, etc. While we have no authority to say so from the information gathered in this in terview, we firmly believe that Tucumcari is going to comn in for her share of all this uew enterprise, and that we will not only get a division, but will have extensive re pair shops and other good things that we have not vet thought of. The result of the pending negotiations, if there have been any results, between the l'hclps-Dodgo Co, and the Uock Island over the 59 miles of track from Santa Rosa to Tucumcari hav not been made public; there seems to be an easy and settled satisfaction among rail road men, however, that an agreement has been reached And this in connection with the fact that the Lhs Vegas cut-off now history looks good for Tucumcari We have the best water on ihe line lit tween Liberal Kansas and lit I'asoandthis is ono of our redeeming virtues that cannot be overlooked. Then our junction hen: with the I 'helps-Dodge coal road and that company's large interests in this vicinity portend a good future for Tucumcari. In his last statement to his wife Clark the Cashier of the Alleghany linterpris bank, incriminates Delegate Andrews and blnims him for everything. REMARKABLE SHIPMENTS At Least Two Million Sunshine Sheep Sent to Markets This Season SHORTAGE OF CAR.S New Mexico this fall will send to the great stock markets of the central west the irgest number of sheep ever shipped from the Territory. With the big supply is coupled higher prices for lambs and mut tons then ever before have been paid. Statistics prepared by S. M. Grimshaw, assistant to the president ami general manager of the Santa Ire Central Railway, tell the story of the bumper sheep crop. very available car on the system is being pressed into service to carry sheep, while other New Mexico roads are experiencing a car shortage. Just how many sheep will go to market from the Sunshine Territory is unknown, but the Santa I?e Central will alone handle more than 200,000. It is safe to estimate the whole number at about ten times this fiinire. making a total shipment of more than 2, 000,000 head. The sheep shipment season opened about October 10 and will cotinue until Decembdr 5. This is our banner year for sheep ship ments, said Mr. Cinmshaw, ol the banta Fe Central today. "The number to be handled by our line will exceed that of any past year and I feel that I am not exag gerating in the least when I state that the number of sheep that will be sent to the great stock markets of the central west from New Mexico will make a new high record. "Of course 1 only can speak authorita tively lor the Simla le Central, hut our line can be taken as a criterion lor the shipments being made via the other New Mexico roads. "Up to last night our shipments amount ed to more than 34,000 sheep. We have already provided transportation facilities for 5.1,000 more to be sliipped before No vember 1. This will make a total of 8S, 000 for the first twenty-one days of the season. "November will even be a better month for the shipment of sheep than October, for we will have a full month. Already we have orders for cars to handle 00,000 head, and this will surely be augmented to at least 100,000 "Most of the sheep we are receiving are being shipped to points in Colorado, where they are being fattened for market. Ks tancia is the principal place' of shipment Here, at Santa Ko, we turn the sheep over to the Denver & K'io Grande system. This line carries the major part of the ship ments to points in the San Luis Valley. Mosca, Hooper, Monte Vista and Alamosa are the points where most of the sheep are being fed. They are billed to be fed in transit, which gives the shipper an oppor tunity to keep the sheep in Colorado for a perioil ol from sixty to ninty days before sending them to Chicago, Kansas City or Omaha. While in Colorado the sheep and lambs will be pea fed. "Chadwick & Company, at Albuquerque and O. W. Sylvester of Monte Vista are perhaps the two heaviest shippers in the Territory,, Sylvoste r has at the present IMPROVEMENTS AT DAWSON Contractor S. E. Pelphrey of Ala- moJordo Passed through Tuesday with Twelve Men. WILL MOVE HOTEL AND DEPOT AND BUILD SEVERAL RESIDENCES. S. K. I'elphrey, contractor and builder of Alamogordo, stopped over Tuesday en route to Dawson where lie will build several residences for employees of the E. I', & S. W. and will move hotel and depot for the company. Two lines of coke ovens, a half mile long, are building down near the present depot and hotel site and they will be moved a half mile back from their pres ent location. General Manager II. L. Simmons went through to Dawson Saturday to get the work underway. His company will make extensive improvements in many lines there this winter. Dawson will be a busy place for a long to time come. I'elphrey picked up a carpenter or two here as he went through and will have his buildings under way in a few days. The line of coke ovens extends from the tipple down to the hotel and depot, hence the necessity of moving these buildings. Rainfall 1095. The rainfall here this year was amply abundant for all sorts of crops. In Jan. we had inches; in Feb. a heavy snowfall; March 2.S inches of precipitation; April, 1; May, 2.3; June, 2.5: July. .1.7; Aug., 1.1; Sept., 2.5, making a total of 22 inches to Oct. i, as far as got record. That is doing first rate for arid country, as some of our "easterners" insist on calling this lin- puriments conducted at Cornell University experiment station, New York, claim that 3-5 inches will grow crops if all is saved and put into the soil by deep plowing. time a consignment of 25,000 head on the wav from Arizona to Estancia which will arrive between November 1 and 5. "The problem now is how to move the great lamb crop with the greatest facility and dispatch. We can get the sheep into Santa I'e, where they are turned over to the Denver & Kio Grande. Our stock yards here now are overcrowded. "I know of no year that can equal the present season. It is fully six times bolter than last year. "The wool shipments, too, from this Territory have been large. The season is now about closed and it indeed lias been a prosperous one. Up to the present time we have handled 1,400,474 pounds of wool and straggling consignments will bring the total up to more than 3,500,000 pounds Hie prices have been received for this wool by the shippers, in many cases as high as twenty-two cents being received Reports from the Santa l'e system and the Rock Island bear out Mr. Grimshaw' statements regarding the bumper crop of sheep. While these mails have prepared no statistics, the freight agents say the shipments are the largest in the history of the companies. Holh lines are unable to furnish enough cars to handle the sheep bucauso of the heavy run. STAR R.OVTE CONTRACTS All Necessary Information Re garding it May BcHad from Post Master Carter. SEE HIM ABOUT IT N 0 W Mids for government mail contracts are now posted tor Jour years, commencing uly 1, 100G. Mids must be in the office of the secretary of assistant postmaster gener al at Washington by December 5th 1905. Hids for the following routes are now posted in the office at Tucumcari: Tucumcari to Endec via Revucto; Tu cumcari to Cjuay via Moore and Dodson; 'ucumcari to Puerto and Tucumcari to Hell ranch. The American surety company of New York, an approved bond company, has made a special rate for the bonding of mail contractors, and has made arrangements with Post Master A. R. Carter to fill out and submit bonds and proposals through them. The cost lor this bonding service is at the rate one per cent, of the bond rep resented. ny one wishing further information can obtain the same by inquiring of Post Mas ter Carter, who will give all information desired or reqnired. WIRELESS MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT. Mrs. Roosevelt communicated with the President by wireless telegraph from Washington to the steamer West Virginia, on the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 1,100 miles, congratulating him on his 47th birth day on October the 2nd. This is consider ed the most remarkable feat yet accom plished by the wireless telegraph, consider ing the most of the distance was overland. Our Climate. Voluntery Observer A. K. Carter's rcc. ord of tomperatue during 1905 up to Oct. 3 1 , shows this to be a most equable climate. From his reports we have extracted the following: A V E R A G E TEM PEEATURE 1905 Highest Lowest Jan. 50 29 Feb. 44 21 March C3 41 April G1.9 37.3 May 7S.f1 5S.9 June 80.G GG July H3.14 GO. 23 Aug. 91.22 G5.33 Sept. S.j 59.8 Oct. 71.3 47.3 Making an average of about 57. There is a new baby reported at the homo of John Keen. It is a boy, or if it isn't it is a girl, we did not learn before going to press which, liut we are instruct ed by the proprietor of this paper to send the Nhws free six months to every father or mother who reports the arrival of a new baby between October 2S, 1905 and Jan uary 1, igoO. So please report to us im mediately. Mr. May is a disciple of Pres ident Koosevelt in the matter of populat ing our glorious country and particularly sees the need of it in Quay county. f s'