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She Sueumeari Views
And Tucumcari Times.
Volume 4. No. 51
Keep Up the Statehood Fight
"New Mexico has at last dis
covered that joint statehood is im
possible and now she will adopt
the very sensible course of fighting
to the limit for single statehood.
Leave Arizona out of it for awhile.
She is content with things as they
are for the present." El Paso
Now Mexico never was reallv in
luvor of joint statehood. Its pro
pie have hern battling lor single
statehood lor the past sixty wars.
At the Novomber ,1006 election
the people of New Mexico gave a
large majority lor jointure with
Arizona because they believed sin
gle statehood was out of ihe ques
tion and thought it best to demon
strate to the country that as far as
thev were concerned anv kind ot
statehood was Detter than Terri
torial conditions. They wanted
to show to the country they were
tired of Territorial servitude and
they wanted to be free American
citizens to govern themselves and
were fully competent and able to
do business as a state as credita
bly and efficiently as other states
in the Union.
Joint statehood was defeated and
they shed no tears over the event.
They now believe the time has ar
rived for another fight for single
statehood and will make it if there
is anv chance for success, at an
early date. If statehood can not
be obtained in the Sixtieth Congress
New Mexico will try it in the Sixty
first Congress and later on, if it
must be. The people know they
have right on their side and that
the right must sooner or later pre
vail. It is an established axiom
that nothing is settled in politics
until it is settled right. New Mex
ican. Mortgage Lifter
Farmers are bound now-a-days
to acknowledge that an old hen
can lift her own weight in raising
a mortgage from a farm. Such be
ing the case why could she not
work as hard here in New Mexico
where the farm is not under a mort
gage, and the money piled up in
the coffers? Each year for the
past several years the poultry busi
ness has become more lucrative
and it is fast becoming the rival of
any farm industry. Ex.
The ladies of the Methodist
church will give a ten cent tea at
the home of Mrs. Crofford on next
Friday. Refreshments will be
served from 4 to 6 in the afternoon
and from 8 to 10 in the evening.
Everybody is cordially invited.
In a recent interview in the
Daily New Mexican, Mr. Andrews
expressed himself strongly in favor
of a third term for President
Roosevelt, and continuing, favor
ed the calling of a constitutional
convention for November.
Speaking on the subject of a con
vention mandamus, he says: "I
believe the time for a strong move
ment to secure separate sratehood
for our Territory has arrived and
our people, especially the leading
men of both great political parties,
should lose no time but should
take prompt and immediate action.
I suggest that Governor Curry at
an early date, say within two
months, issue a call for a consti
tutional convention to be held in
this city to be composed of the cit
izens who were elected delegates
to the constitutional convention
last November. I am glad to say
that I know most of these repre
sentative men personally and I be
lieve that every one of them will
come to this city and spend a week
or two for the purpose of framing
up the right kind of a constitution,
and give his time and services glad
ly for this work without remunera
tion, for the time being. A proper
constitution should not take very
long in framing, at the utmost no
longer than ten days should be re
quired, and if a few citizens who
are delegates to that convention
will, between now and the time it
should be called, give a few days,
thought and labor to its prepara
tion, a suitable document can and
will be ready for submission to the
delegates when they assemble. A
few days' discussion only will be
necessary for its consideration, for
amendments and changes and for
its adoption by the convention.
The expense will be insignificant;
the delegates, 1 think, will cheer
fully pay their traveling and living
expenses to and at the convention
out of their own pockets in order
to bring about this result, trusting
to repayment by the people there
"1 understand, that several of
our leading citizens delegates to
the convention have already,
prepared drafts of a con
Subscription $1.00 a year.
stitution. Two or three have been
submitted to me and after carefully
reading must say that those I have
read are first class documents in
every way and worthy of careful
consideration by the convention
when it meets. The constitution
of 1889, when it was framed in
this Territorv for the Territory of
New Mexico is a very able and
comprehensive paper and with
some additions and alterations
necessary by the progress of time
and the advancement and growth
of the country, as well as new ideas
and policies attained since then,
will do very well for ground work.
I make this only as a suggestion
and not in any manner to influence
the actions of the delegates when
they assemble. There are many
brainv and able men among the del
egates and I feel sure that they
will prepare such a constitution as
will meet with the approval of
congress and of the President when
submitted. This should be done
so I can present this document
during the first days of the first
session of the Sixtieth Congress
in December next. The Commit
tees on Territories of the Senate
and of the Hou.se, could then take
prompt action, examine the con
stitution carefully and prepare an
enabling act modeled upon the
Hampton Bill which passed dur
ing the second session of the Fifty
ninth Congress carrying large ap
propriations of public lands and
money donations for the benefit of
the people of the Territory and
their educational institutions, et
cetera, providing for an apportion
ment based upon the vote of 1906,
for delegate to congress and other
wise treating the people -of the
Territory fairly, justly and equita
bly. This bill, with proper aid
from the people of the Territory
as a whole could and would, in my
opinion, be passed by March of
next year and become law. The
constitution which would be
framed by the convention in No
vember next, and which had pass
ed the scrutiny of Congress and df
President Roosevelt, could then
be promptly adopted and New
Mexico could'be admitted to state
hood before the Presidential elec
tion next year and her citizens vote
for Theodore Rooseveltthe great
est of living Americans, for Presi
eent in 1908.
"I can see many powerful and
cogent reasons for such a course
and the objections that have so
far been presented to me, to my
mind cannot hold good in any
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