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OL. 7. NO. 25.
CLOVIS, CURRY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO. SEPTEMBER 25. 1913. $1.00 PER YEAR V Tax Assessments for Curry County. The following figures show the actual cash value of real es tate in Curry county sold during 1912 and 1913, and the assessed valuation of the same land. These figures were prepared by the railroad company. In Curry county in 1912, in acreage property, there were 40 transfers involving $52,980, which property was assessed for $12,880 or 24.3 per cent. In 1913 there were 46 sales involv ing $60,000, which was assessed at $11,435 or 18.8 per cent. In lot property in 1912, there were 30 transactions involving $27,245 which was assessed at $5835, or 21.4 per cent. In the same class of property in 1913 there were 22 transfers in which the land was valued at $24,110, but which was assessed at $5225 or 21.7 per cent. During 1912 there were 32 transfers with a consideration of $40,322 which could not be found on the 1912 assessment roll, and in 1913 there were 30 transfers involving $37,179 which could not be located on the 1913 as sessment roll. In 1912, there were 6680 acres which sold for an average of $7.93 and the average assess ment of this land was $1.93 per acre. In 1913 8080 acres sold for an average of $7.54 an acre and was assessed at $1.42 an acre. In conclusion the railroads suggest that the assessment on Curry county land be increased 77.3 per cent, and 53.5 on lots to equal one-third value. New Land Office Men at Clayton. Paz Valverde and Thomas E. Owen were confirmed on Sept. 11, as Register and Receiver of the U. S. Land Office at Clayton. Mr. Valverde lives at Clayton where he has been a merchant for several years Mr. Owen is a ranch man of large means and wide influence and lives at Fol som, 40 miles north of Clayton. These men are both good men and will discharge their duties faithfully. We have known Mr. Owen several years and Mr. Valverde a few years and both are capable, honorable men who will make good servants to Un cle Sam. Rio Grande Republi can. The News is glad to note the confirmation of these worthy gentlemen, and having known them for 25 years can endorse every word of the above men tion as true and correct. Suc cess to them in their new posi tion. Unveiling by W. O. W.'s A large crowd went out to the Clovis Cemetery Sunday af ternoon to witness the unveil ing of the tombstones of J. S. Marsh by the Woodmen of the World and that of Mrs. Nolan by Cir t tic of the Woodmen The ceremonies of both lodges were solemn and beautiful. The Clovis band rendered many choice selections during the afternoon which aided in mak ing the occasion impressive. DISTRICT COURT IS NOW Three Weeks Term, Judge G. A. Richardson Presiding. Trains Over Clovis- Slation Division Soon. Trains will be running over the entire lines of the Coleman Texico cut-off of the Santa Fe railroad by January 1st accord ing to information received by Col, L. J. Polk, commercial agent of the Santa Fe. Col. Polk was in Ft. Worth. Tues day, on his way to Galveston after a trip through the north em and eastern states. Work on the cut-off is pro gressing rapidly, and the road will be in good shape by the first of the year if present plans materialize. Fort Worth Record, A big celebration will be held in Clovis upon the completion of this road and it is oossi ble that all cities along the new transcontinental line between Slaton and Clovis will be invit ed to cooperate as the comple tion of this line means the dawn ot a new era of prosper ity for all these thriving towns. Masons in Portales. Sixteen Clovis Masons visited Portales Lodge A. F. & A. M. Saturday afternoon and night when three third degrees were conferred on candidates. The fortales, Clovis and Elida lodge teams each conferred one of the degress. After the work, the members and visitors, numbering sixty, wen1 f?ndered a sumptuous spread at the Portales Commer cial Club rooms. Among those from Clovis who enjoyed the hospitality of the Portales lodge were: George Roach. P. A. Lashier, C. E. Justus, Otis Jones. A. E. Cur- ren, E. M. Chapman. W. S. Bayless, D. L. Moye, A. Man dell, Chas. Mericle, W. D. McBee, Bill Taylor, M. Mitchell, A. E. Smith, A. W. Johnson, and C. Houk. Firemen Turn Engineers. The long expected examina tion for the "bunch of laddies" has come and gone and with it the Santa Fe has probably en listed the services of about six new engineers. Any one fa miliarly known to the following young gentlemen could easily I have seen written upon their countenances. "We have met the enemy and they are ours." A board of eight examiners were present and Thursday marked the fifth and last day for this grinding test but with it the following were elected to the dignified position of locom- Messrs. Unrue, Hazzard, Fouch, Copeland, Evans, Nye. Can't Shoot at Night. In addition to curtai ling the duck season from Sept 1st to December 16, the federal law now in force provides that hunt ing shall be done only from sun rise to sunset. Therefore, be sure and don't fire a shot after the sun goes down. This is a little hard on Pecos Valley hunt ers for on the large lakes the best hunting is just at dark. Artesia News. District Court for Curry coun ty convened Monday with a number of witnesses to appear before the Grand Jury and with a docket which will probably re quire three weeks to clear. One of the most important cases to be tried this term is that of Jas. Lynch who obtained a change of venue from Chaves county. Lynch, who shot and killed City Marshall Wooters, of Roswell, when the latter was seeking his arrest on a charge of bootlegging, was once con victed by a jury in Eddy couu ty and sentenced to be hung. He obtained a new trial on a technicality and the case was remanded. His case is set for October 6th. Cash Ramey was selected foreman of the grand jury. The grand jury had reported seven true bills up to date, there being three against J. M. Crain, a second hand store deal er for giving and selling intoxi cating liquors to minors. "Shorty" Garner, assault with knife on the person of Harry Springfield. O. J. Shepard, assault with knife on the person of J. Elles. "'Bud" Copelen giving liquor to minors ond Louie Allison giv ing liquor to minors. The following cases have been disposed of F. M. Hays vs Lena Hays, decree of divorce granted. American Bank vs. Rex Stegall, judgment $2355 00. Braswjll vs. Siegner, a herd law case ordered that plaintiff put up bond for costs. C. N. Bank vs. Potts Con struction Company dismissed. Judgment was rendered in two cases nsrainst the Clovis Hardware Company amounting to $491.61. T. J. Elles and Lillie Elles for merly of Dereno, were married last week following the Elles Shepard trial in which ib devel oped that Mr. and Mrs. Elles, although of the same name, were not legally husband and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Elles both testified at the trial that they were not married, although a boy gave testimony that they were his father and mother and that all were living together. It is said that the couple had been divorced and failed to re marry. Auction Social. The ladies Guild of the Episco pal Church gave an Auction So cial at the church Wednesday night. Ice Cream and cake were served and the Clovis Orchestra furnished music. Mr. Scantlin has retu rned from a trip both east and west. He says that crops look better around Clovis than any place he has been. Work on the big railroad hos pital in Clovis is progressing rapidly. IN SESSION! Duckworth Home Again. W. H. Duckworth, proprietor of the Soutwestern Drug Com pany, the Rexall store, returned Tuesday from St. Louis, Kan sas City, Wichita and other markets where he purchased an extensive and complete line of holiday goods which Mr. Due' worth informs the News is the largest and best ever bought by any Clovis dealer. He further says that he is after the holiday trade good and strong this year and when the public see what he bought, he will do the business. Havener News. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. West and little daughter Vivian, of Cl vis, spent Wednesday at the Nels Anderson home. Bessie and Dewey Eshleman spent Sunday afternoon with their little friends, Mary and George Birdsall. Havener farmers are now re joicing because the train stops here every Saturday so that people can have their cream shipped from this place and it saves them the trouble of haul ing it to Clovis. Mrs. Frank Magee and Mrs. John Stanford visited Mrs. Nels Anderson Thursday afternood. Our new school house will be finished this week and from all appearances it will be a fine building and most of the chil aren are looking forward with pleasure to the day when school begins. Am Anderson visited Mrs. W. H. Doughton Saturday af ternoon and on her way home visited Mrs. Jones melon patch. The farmers and binders are unusually busy now with the crops. The majority of the farmers will have feed enough for their own use and some will have feed to sell. Quite a number of the Hav ener Sunday School people gath ered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nels Anderson Sunday and spent the afternoon singing. Miss Viva Grant presided at the organ. Mrs. J. Pritchard, accom panied by her little grand daughter, Delia Helm, arrived here the 9th inst from Dallas. Texas, with a nice tombstone for Mr. Pritchard's grave. She expects to return the 18th. Mr. and Mrs. Zeph Birdsall were guests at the Porter Mc Cormick home Sunday. Mr. W. H. Doughton is hav ing a 150 ton silo built on his place a mile and a half south of where Blacktower used to be. Died Rosella MaGee, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Magee, with bronchial pneu monia, age five months. She leaves a father and mother, one sister, one brother and many friends. Funeral services by Rev. Evans at the home, Bur ied at the Clovis Cemetery. A i h iwoot flu But withers Mnti tha morn, nit day. fant'a dawn About 640 Acre Homestead Bill. Some time aeo the News urg ed the farmers of Curry Coun ty, who were interested in the passage of Congressman Fer gusson's enlarged homestead bill to write letters either direct to the Congressman or to the News which would forward same, with regard to their views in the matter. Only about thirty or thirtyfive responded in writing the News and these letters were trans mitted with the following letter of explanation: Mr. H. B. Fergusson. House of Representatives Washington, D. C. I am enclosing herewith about thirty or thirty five letters writ ten by the farmers of Curry County who are interested in the passage of vour 640 acre homestead bill which I under stand you are to introduce in congress soon. This measure is a popular one and would be a great relief to the settlers of this semi-arid country as it would enable them to have enough land to do a small stock farming business, which I think, from a life time experi ence in New Mexico, will ulti mately prove their salvation. You will note that the letters are addressed to the committees on public lands to whom I thought you. might want to re fer the matter. Some of the settlers of Curry county have advised me that they have writ ten you personally urging the introduction and speedy passage of the bill. As representative Kinkaid. of Nebraska, had a similar measure passed some years ago, he might be able to give you some pointers on the subject. Wishing you success in this and other matters for the goad of New Mexico and the country I remain, Sincerely Yours, A. E. Curren, Manager Clovis News. Mrs. Riley and Mrs. J. Pritchard were the guests of Mrs. Geo. Birdsall, Tuesday. D. V. Winn and family left Tuesday in wagons for a two or three months stay in Texas. Mrs. Roy Strouvelle is on the sick lisc this week. Judge Rowell's is in the city from Oklahoma. Born. -A daughter to the wife of C. G. Duffy. Saturday morn- ing. Mrs Brockway, of San Mar cial is visiting her mother, Mrs. Ray. Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Blinn are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy who arrived at their home Monday morning. The regular meeting of the Eastern Star lodge will be held Friday night at which time there will be initiation, A case of scarlet fever is re ported in a family named Law son, who reside on the outskirts in the northeastern part of the city. The case has been quarantined.