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VOL. 7. NO. 8. NEW MEXICO, MAY 29, 1913. $1.00 PER YEAR Orlofsky Escapes from Moye. Prisoner Allowed Liberties Jumps Through Car Win dow at Oakland. A news dispatch from Oak land California, conveys the following information regarding the escape of Henry Orlofsky from Sheriff Moye who was bringing the prisoner from Se i attle to Clovis to answer certain -charges: Oakland, Cal., May 24 Hen--ry" Orlofsky. a pawn broker, wanted in Clovis N. M., for the alleged theft of jewelry valued i at $3,000, jumped fcm a mov ing Southern Pacific train here today and escaped. Orlofsky was arrested re cently in Seattle and was being brought south by Sheriff D. L. Moye, of Curry county New Mexico. He had not been handcuffed and was sitting by an open window as the train ap proached Oakland. Suddenly, he madi; a quick, clean dive through the window. When the train was stopped, he could not be found. Orlofsky was arrested some . weeks ago at Seattle on advices from the New Mexico authori ties. He resisted extradition and his case was carried to the supreme court of Washington .state. He secured his liberty on bond in the meantime. The s'Jreme court a few days ago handed down an opinion that he was . liable to extradition and he was again taken into custody and turned over to Sheriff Moye, who started for New Meico with the prisoner. Wagner Appointed Postmaster. JrheNsws rejoices with the friends of A, B. Wagner over the welcome news received Tuesday evening that he had been at last appointed postmast er, j, " e few incidents deserving and iving appoint flce. a been a resi .4 for a number of ithough he was in the f a bitter political fight, on the toga in the last j. Here's congratulations. .dge Pope Delivers Address to Graduates. New Mexico's learned feder al judge, Hon. W. H. Pope de livered an address to the gradu ating class at Santa Fe last week and in it some very good advice to the young people. He said. "And, now, members of the 1913 class, let me give you one word of advice and that is to grasp opportunities. I have heard that while he was presi dent, Mr. Roosevelt kept on his desk that beautiful and inspir ing 'opportunity motto' penned by Ingalls. As a sieger of op portunity, national and inter national, I warmly commend Mr. Roosevelt," The Elks will give their sec ond anniversary ballon the 17th. More about County Some New Inside Facts Worth No doubt, the people of Cur ry county have fully made up their minds about the County printing graft and we believe their views are in accord with the eminent speaker at the Baptist church who in speaking on the subject said, "There appears to be something rotten in Denmark:" No doubt many are tired of the subject but if they will bear with us in these few remarks on the question, we will promise to let the mat ter drop for a time for your verdict. , A frantic effort at explana tion has been made by a county official in the western part of the county who now owns a shirt tail full of type and a "wringer" for a press, but he reminds us of the fellow who stole the cow and in the process of securing counsel wrote this to his lawyer: Dear Lawyer: 1 am in jail charged with stealing a cow I am in nocent but if you will come and get me out, I will give you the cow. The position taken by the Board of County Commission ers in awarding the county printing contract to the Journal and refusing to even consider the bid of the News for less than half the amount of that paid the Journal, is that the law is manditory in requiring them to appoint a county printer and that it also stipulates what Army of Grass hoppers Coming this Way. Trains Stopped on Pecos Valley Railroad by Ap pearance of Pests in Large Numbers. An army of young grassh op pers, covering an area of from fifteen to twenty miles are headed this direction in their journey northward having reached Elida sixty miles south of here on Monday night. Ac cording to reports of railroad omcials they are so numerous as to seriously effect the op eration of trains. H. M. Bainer, Santa Fe Agri cultural demonstrator, sent two men to the infested district Tuesday with a quantity of poi son and government experts are now making inves tigation. They will have wings soon and by that time will either take or "pass up'' Curry county. A despatch from the grass hopper zone says: Eastern New Mexico is alarm ed over the steady approach of an army of grasshoppers, mil lions iu number which is dev astating the country immediate ly surrounding Elida, and are following a general course from the prices shall be etc. That is all true but the statutes DO NOT provide that they shall not call for bids and then mak the appointment of coun ty printer, of the newsp aper submitting the lowest bid. FURTHER, the stipulated price of eight cents per line for first insertion and five cents per line for each subsequent insertion in printing delinquent tax lists, is the maximum price set to guard the people against a more exhorbitant rate. It is the limit, and it does not nec essarily mean that they cannot or shall not have the work done for less. Now to the point that will brand Mr. Commissioners state ment as false. When the News received the printing of the last delinquent tax lists, from a set of repub lican commissioners, at which time the writer had no connec tion with the News the editor of this paper was COMPELLED TO BID for such printing in competition with the JOURNAL and as a result, lost money on the proposition, but that was our loss and the people's gain. At no time during the incum bency ot republican commis sioners did the News get all the county printing at full legal RATES but was compelled to bid for it. Do you get that Mr. County Commissioner? In the face of these facts are you still going to try to mislead the southwest to northeast, moving at the alarming rate at a mile per day. The territory covered by this formidable army of grasshop pers is variously estimated from twenty to twenty eight miles wide Every form of vegetation, showing a sprig of green is being totally destroy ed. T he insect is declared to be of the migr atory breed and is ex pected to be sufficiently devel oped to fly within six weeks at the outside. When this devel opment is accomplished, the army will move more rapidly but the direction which it will take is a matter of speculation. The gravity of the situation was recognized several days ago, when telegrams were sent to officials at Washington. This was resultful in ready re sponse, and a government ex pert has already been sent from Roswell to the devastated and threatened districts. This ex pert has asked in turn that an entomologist be sent out from Washington, and it is through that this will be done, for the danger is an immediate one and the destruction is of a whole sale character. Itisatated that trains have been greatly delayed while passing through the infested district, certain freight trains having found it necessary to cut out and move in sections. Hope is expressed that appli Printing Knowing. people? Mr. Scheuritt was the democratic member of that board, ask him. Now, while you absorbing a few fact9 about nty print- ing, let us ask you. WHY did you give an order to a certain Clovis concern for ty thous- and (50,000) letter hedds (best grade) and twenty fiyX thous and envelopes when yVu did not need that amount? Qjounty Clerk Await says that supply is enough to last all the county of ficials for twelve (12) years ana witn our knowledge of sta tionary uses, we believe this es timate very conservative. Ia this in keening with your policy of public economy like the other county printing? Now, just one more question arid we will submit the matter to the jury of Curry County tax payers. Do you intend to offer remu neration to the county printer in the form of a prompt pay ment of thac $1006.95 for pub lishing the last tax list in re turn for his noble and gallant defense of your position ? Now we have refrained from making any reference to the Pauley Jail contract in which it is alleged there is a discrep ancy of some $200.00 in bids i,etween titat concern mid the Midland Hridge Co., for the reason that the matter is now before the court in the form of injunction proceedings but we may have something to say about it later. Adios. cation of arsenic and bran and Paris Green and bran will prove sufficiently deadly to halt the onward march of the grasshoppers, and these will be used in abundant quantity, as the gravity of the situation is generally recognized. It is be lieved that the steps toward eradication will prove effective, and that the threatened terri tory to the northwest will be saved from impending destruc tion. Meanwhile, the interest is keen. LATER-Reports have just been made by two Santa Fe ex perts who have made a com plete investigation. They say that all reports are greatly exaggerated and that the hoppers are really doing lit tle or no damage to crops and that there is no cause for alarm in these parts. The hoppers are not of a destructive variety and not so numerous as first re ported. Judge E. A. Mann, former New Mexico district judge stop ped off in Clovis Wednesday morning while en route to Ros well on legal business. Judge Mann made the News office a pleasant call during his visit in Clovis Comfort Economy and Safety Perfection Oil Cook Stoves. Barry Hdw. Co. 4 cop 1 SALUTATORY. With this issue of the Clovis News the undersigned accepts exclusive editorial management of said paper, and will therefore change its entire political policy from Independent to Democratic. To my many friends throughout the county and state and espe cially the State Democratic Press Association (of which or ganization I am an executive member) it is needless to say that the policy of the CLOVIS News will be in the future (as I have been for a lifetime) Si mon pure Democratic. For years in New Mexico your humble servant has through his many newspapers, The Folson: Idea, Clayton Enterprise, Quay County Democrat and Deming Headlight, battled late and early for Democracy and Democratic principles and now after being the target for republican shafts and republican persecu tion and ostracism "time" like "justice" has spoken and those grand old Democratic principles (of which we are all so proud) duly vindicated as best for all. We are proud of our presi dent, Woodrow Wilson and thoroughly in accord with his administration, as also are we delighted with our time honor ed and much esteemed friend. W. C. McDonald, as governor, and A. A. Jones, whose wise counsel has so successfully guided the party ship to a safe port. And especially are we delighted with our Delegate in Congress and old time per sonal friend, Harvey B. Fer gusson whose never to be for gotten labors helped us to our present high standing among the states of the Union. In conclusion, we feel that the country is safe under Democratic administration and to this end we shall ever guide our new bark the "Clovis News." With a desire for both local and national democratic harmony and ever working with that end in view, I remain as ever, yours for "the masses." in general and Democracy in particular. James E. Curren. Miss Gertrude Jones return ed from a visit to Claudell, N. M. Wednesday. Prof. Lewis Mersfelder at tended the educational Rally at Hollene, Saturday. Visit the new Richardson Studio when you want photos of any kind. Best to those who know. E. Grand. v tf It is announced that Joe Benge, who is accused of stealing Ra mey's horse will plead guilty to the charge. The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Cash Ramey, eighteen mmontha old, f ill last week and bent his arm bone. Henry G. Coors, Jr. returned the first of the week from a visit to points in the western part of the state where he has been for several weeks. Henry is a candidate, for appointment as assistant U. S. attorney and his many Clovis supporters are bending every effort in his be half. It is understood that Summers Burkhard will be ap pointed U. S. Attorney soon.