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r Volume i. No. 17. TUCUHCARl, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY, FEB. 17, 1906. Subscription $1,50 a year. ffueumeari taews I I I WHAT A NEW COMER. THINKS ABOVT OUR, COUNTRY Writes to His Home Paper About Tucumcari and Quay County Albert Wilborn, who came hem recently from Msinnsville, Indian Territory, writes his home paper about our people, town and county in a manner that makes us (eel like he is a pretty good sort of neighbor to have among us. He has not exaggerated anything, but has told a straight and interesting story about us that is calculated to do much good among the read ers of the Mannsville News, many of whom may, like Mr. Wilhorn, seek homes in Quay County, where as he says in his communication, there are to be had thousands of acres of as fine lands as are to be found anywhere. We are going to publish Mr. Wilborn's letter in full, as we are certain that the readers of the News will appreciate what other people think about our country occasionally instead of lis tening to us on this subject every week. The letter to the Manns ville News is as follows: Tucumcari, N. M.. Feb. 6. Mannsville News: I will now undertake to tell through the col umns of the News something of this part of New Mexico as 1 see it. I left Mannsville January 16, went to South McAlester and stay ed there till the 19th. Then I tick eted through to this place. The Choctaw being six hours late, dark caught us at Shawnee, Okla., so 1 can't tell you anything about the country between Shawnee a n d Amarillo, Texas. Arrived at Am arillo at 5:30 a. m. At 8 a. m. we took the Fort Worth & Denver for Dalhart, 87 miles further on, thence over the Rock Island 03 miles to this place, arriving here at 8:12 p. m. Tucumcari is quite a nice town of 1200 as good people as I ever met. The town is up to date in every respect, the people are accomodating and clever. The town is lighted by electricity and has water works. The costs of liv ing are about the same as Ard- morc. Now, something of the country. Three miles south is Tucumcari Mt. It stands alone, round as a potato hill, its peak mounting heavenward nearly 2000 feet and can be easily seen from Texas. Away to the south, east and west mountain after mountain seems to stand as a. barrier against any one passing beyond them, yet in the valley between these mountains iire hundreds of thousands of acres bfsas fine land as h to be found anywhere. The noil is a dark red loam with just enough sand to make it right for cultivation. The cli mate is just splendid. The air is so dry and pure that when one gets out of mornings he is glad he is living. The water is solt and as clear as crystal and can be found in inex haustible quantities from 8 to 140 feet, depending on the different lo calities. In the locality in which my claim is situated, water in an inexhaustible supply is found at a depth of from 16 to 25 feet. My claim is eight miles due east from this city. I came in last evening Irom a three day's trip in and around Mesa Pineo mountains. The land is being rapidly taken. Every train from the east brings in crowds of homeseekers and not one in a doz en leaves without filing. Many file one day, move out the next and start a team to break out the sod. Two small horses are sufli cient to a No. 10 plow. The outlook for agriculture is all one could ask for. Farmers who came here two years ago have plenty and seem contented and happy. Yet I could not advise anyone to come here without some means, as it takes some money to begin, farming. House to build, land 16 fence, a living to be had until a crop is made, yet some of them tell me that they landed here with less than five dollars and have lived and now have a fair start. Cedar posts for fencing can be had in the mountains free of cost. Dry goods, groceries, etc., are as cheap as anywhere. In conclusion I would not per suade anyone to come hero on my say if I could; but will say, if you are tired of living out of doors and paying rent, why, just come and see for yourselves. I send you a copy of the Tucum cari News, which will give you a better idea of the agricultural re sources of the country than I could give them. And in going over the country I find nn exaggeration of what is given, for I have seen a better collection all grown on the farm of Mr. Kelsay than that given in the News. If this don't find its way to the waste basket, I will try again. Ai.iikrt Wn.nouN Br&keman Helms Killed Brakeman Helms, of the Daw son line, was caught between two cars at Campania Tuesday and fatally crushed. He was carried to the hospital at Alamogordo, where he died Wednesday. SEVEN MILES OF YARD TRACKS Southwestern Will Build Seven Miles of Tra.cks Here. TRACK TO SANTA ROSA LEASED BY SOUTHWESTERN. While it has not been officially so stated by the railway companies yet, nevertheless it is an accepted fact the Southwestern has closed a contract for the lease of the Rock Island from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa. D. Sherwood, the foreman of the Dawson yards, we are told, has in his possession blue prints, in which seven miles of yard trackage arc laid off for this place. The build ing of this additional yard room will begin right away and the deal be tweentheSouthwestemand theRock Island will be formally announc ed just as soon as motive power now underrepairs in the Baldwin Locomotive works can be deliver ed to the S. W. Company. They have 15 of the old Compound en gines that were discarded by the E P. & N. E. at Alamogordo now in' the Baldwin shops for repair and conversion into simple engines. They will be ready early in March. The contract for tepairs requires an expenditure of $3000.00 to the engine. A ten stall round house wiil be put in here .to handle the business of engine repairing that will be necessary here at the beginning of operations under the new regeme. The five train crews now employed on the Dawson will be increased to ten. This is going to give Tucumcari a pretty decent sort of a pay roll and consequently will help busi ness materially. Delegate Andrews Will Send Seed to Farmers Delegate W. H. Andrews has made arrangements with B. T. Galloway, chief of the bureau of Plant Industry of the Department of Agriculture in Washington, to send to New Mexico farmers, seed as follows; Macaroni, wheat, al falfa, sugar beets and kaffir com, for experimental purposes. Farm crs throughout New Mexico, who desire seeds from t h c bureau, should address Mr. Galloway, or Delegate W. H. Andrews, a n d ti.nir request will be promptly com plied with. All persons knowing themselves indebted to the City Meat Market will please call at once and settle. W. B. Jarrell,Mngr tt. The Virginia Company The Virginia Company is a new incorporation, a Quay County en terprise, whose articles of incor poration are published in this issue of the News. The officers of the company are Frank P. Harman, president; D. N. Williams, vice president, and Joseph Edwards, sccertary. Mr. Harman, the presi dent, lives at Lynchburg, Va., and Mr. Williams, the vice-president, and Mr. Edwards, the secretary, are residents of this countv and have charge of the company's sheep ranches at Revuelto. The capital stock of the company is $100,000, divided into rooo shares of the par value of $100 each. The time of the existence of the incor poration is fifty years. The prin cipal office of the company is to be Tucumcari, over the First Na tional Bank. The Iwcal agent in charge of the company's business is W. F. Buchanan, Cashier of the First National Bank, and who holds 10 shares of the company's stock. While the sheep business is the only enterprise in which thV.sc people are now engaged, their ar ticles of incorporation embrace manufacturing, roads, waterways, dams, land speculations, oil, gas, mineral, etc. Creeps Killing Cattle A disease resembling the well known "creeps" or "crip" is caus ing pretty heavy loss to cattle just now in the section near Berino. Sixteen dead cattle and eight hors es is the record for the' past ten days. The total loss will foot up nearly doullc and the end is not yet, as many more are sick. The disease is caused by excessive al kali in feed and is most noticeable in stock that graze entirely in the valley in salt grass. Some loss is looked for every year, but this winter, being so wet, it has been heaviest. A peculiar part of the trouble is that stock affected can not be moved, as driving them a few hundred yards seems to ag gravate the ailment and they often drop dead with hardly a struggle upon being driven. So it must be borne, but every cowman is hoping for an early spring and green grass. Roswcil Register. Stock Sales. 1 have some good stock for sale. Sales will be conducted at my livery barn in Tucumcari on the first and second Mondays of each month, beginning with February 5th. It will pay parties wishing to buy good stock to attend these sales. J. A. Street.