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n VOL. 7. CLOVIS. CURRY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO. NOVEMBER 13. 1913. $1.00 PER YEAR NO. 22. GULF TO PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPLETED Connection Made at Texico Wednesday Regular Train Service Starts Friday The long heralded Gulf t o jT Pacific line of the Santa Fe is at Vh last a realization, the connection being made with the main line near Texio, Wednesday. Al though the ballasting crew is about twenty miles behind the steel fcang, the line will be open ed for traffic by the construction department Friday, according to reports received here. The first train over the new railroad was run Wednesday, but no attempt will be made to oper ation a schedule until Friday, when a mixed train carrying a passenger coach will leave Lub bock at 10 a. m. arriving at 5:20 p. m. leaving about 7 a. m. and arriving at 1:45 p. m. in time to make connection with the outgoing train at Lubbock. Quite a gathering of Clovis people witnessed the laying of FORMER POSTMASTER DAVIS NOT GUILTY! Acquitted of Charge of Embezzlement in Federal Court. W. A. Davis, former Clovis postmaster, who has been on trial in the federal court at Al buquerque, charged with em tezzlement of post office fund, wa3 acquitted Saturday of the ugly charge preferred against him by post office inspectors A number of witnesses from lovis were in attendance during jkie greater part of the last week. It is reported here that Davis is again to be tried on other counts of the indictment. Orcerning the Case the Alhu--qu rque Herald says: L required less than ten min utes for a jury in the United States district court Saturday night to decide that William A. Davis, former postmaster of Clovis, N. M., was not guilty of the charge of embezzlement. The case occupied the time of the court for almost the entire week and at no time was there any doubt of the result in the minds of those who had followed the case closely. Davis was indicted for the em bezzlement of the sum of $1,184 of post office funds, the alleged offense occuring in October, 1912 when, according to the testimony of the defendant, the safe in the post office was robbed. Inspect or Ralph Smith of Denver, was in -Clovis at the time of the oc currence and was not satisfied as to the facts of the alleged robbery and insisted upon bringing the case to the attention of the grand jury. It was not claimed by the prosecution that the government had been the loser in the trans action, since it was admitted that Davis had made good the entire sum claimed almost im the last stffl Wednesday, which marked t h completion of what ,is destined to be one of the greatest trunk lines of railway in the United States This road is laid with 90 pound steel and ballastered with cement and g p, having a crown ballast exceeding that of any road in the west. The line will he operated by the construction department un til at least the first of the year, before it is turned over to the ffpfrattng depirtment of the tanta Fe, as it will require that length of time to complete the ballasting, put in siding, depots, tanks, chutes etc. ready for heavy traffic, which will follow as soon as open from Galveston to the Pacific. Clovis will be made the division point on this line as soon as ac cepted by the operating depart ment of the Santa Fe. mediately after it was demanded of him, paying the amount lost in the robbery, however, under protest. It is understood that the prose cution was undertaken against the advice of the officers of the department of justice, but that the postoffice inspectors insisted upon the case being pushed, on the theory that by putting Mr. Davis to the expense of defend ing a lawsuit they would serve notice on other postmasters to be more careful in the handling of postoffice funds. During the trial an official con nected with the postoffice depart ment made the statement that almost every fourth-class post master in the state was technic ally guilty o'f a violation of the regulations covering the hand ling of funds, though entirely innocent of any intent to defraud the government. Ben Moss. B. D. Oldham, A B. Wagner, Miss Ata Appleman, William Fleming and others re turned the first of the week from Albuquerque, where they attend ed the trial of W. A. Davis, form er postmaster of Clovis, charged with embezzlement. They were subpoenad as witnesses. The Union Mortgage Company have just received a new Michi gan touring car, which Jack Prichard brought over from Al buquerque, leaving there at 3 o'clock, p. m. and arriving here at 10 o'clock p. m. the second day. Jack had the pleasure of getting lost in the Manzano mountains but the big new Michigan carried him any place he desired to go . S. F. Officials Here C. F. W. Fent, chief engineer of the Santa Fe system and Jos Weidel. consulting engineer of Gulf-Pacific branch of the Santa Fe, were in1 the city in their special car Thursday. Aspecial meeting of the Chamber of Com merce was called to welcome these distinguished officials and to assure them of the desire of Clovis people to co-operatj with the Santa Fe on all matters per taining to our mutual advantage. Mr. Fent staled to the News manager that the trains on the new line would stop at Texico temporarily and would a little later come into Clovis. Mr. Fent was accompanied by Mrs. Fent and the party were taken- for an auto drive to the Oldhamfarm Thursday morning. Candidates Galore. Since the resignation of Hon. W. D. McBee as Probate Judge of Curry County, those aspir ing to be appointed are numer ous. Up to the present writ ing they are W. C. Zerwer, deputy county clerk and ex-of-ficio recorder. C. C. Baker, city clerk; Judge J. S. Fitz hugh, pioneer lawyer and real estate dealer, and W. L. Town send, city alderman, and one of the pioneers of this western country. Mr. Zerwer was the first can didate to announce and secured a petition signed by practically every business man and prop erty owner in Clovis. All are well qualified for the position and have a good knowledge of the legal require m ents of the position. Archer Joins Club. W. "A. Archer, supervisor of water service for the western division of the Santa Fe with headquarters at Topeka is a full fledged member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, entitled to all the rights, wrongs and dues thereof and while he has not yet been initi ated into the mysteries of the organization he has come forth with the required initiation fee of $5.00 which was duly and truly deposited with the Presi dent of the Chamber of Com merce, on Monday, A. D. Clo vis time. Mr. Archer is one of the best all around boosters in the South west and the Chamber can well feel proud of its new member. He is also one of the leading property ownerc and has a large brick building on Main street. A hunting party composed of Claud Shively, A. E. Curren and "Jonnie" Croft went to Fort Sumner last Thursday and re turned with a number of birds. W. D. McBee and family left Tuesday morning for Law ton, Oklahoma where they will make their future home. Cash Carney, agent for the new Santa Fe townsite of Mule shoe in Bailey County, Texas, returned from a visit to Welling ton, Kansas, last Friday, where he went to visit his family. Mrs, Ramey and son Elbert, will be home this week. CLOVIS ELKS AN $18,000,00 HOME Plans Are Now Uuder Way To Erect a Splendid Modern Building. Ever since some of the Clovis Elks were over at Tucumcari some time during the past sum mer and saw the splendid home built there by the Tucumcari Elks, they have had their minds made up to go them one better. The campaign is now on and Jhe means of raising a part of the funds for this purpose is to give a grand carnival and bazaar on December 4th, 5th and 6th at the Elks home, where advertis ing booths representing almost every line of business in Clovis has been reserved. A large booth is to be arranged in center of the hall for bazaar purposes and the articles to be sold are to be donated by the members of the order, each article to be sold to represent a retail value of not less than a dollar. Piea cakes, pastries, etc. will also be sold. SANTA FE FAST MAIL TRAINS VIA CLOVIS No's. 2 and & Will Be Sent Over The Cut-off Instead of Old Route. A change that means much not only to Clovis but all towns along the Pecos Valley division of the Santa Fe and Cut-Off has been announced by the Santa Fe according to reports from Topeka and Wichita made public this week. These trains carry the Pacific coast and Asiatic mail, also the Mexican mail and are the fastest trains on the Santa Fe between Chicago and the coat. l. Because of the fast schedule, they are the favorate trains adopted by a large number of transcontinental tmrists and those seeking to make a quick journey across the continent These trains are usually taken by people of wealth who spend freely at stops en route to their destinations and are therefore a great help to division towns as well as a great advertising value to the country they traverse: Al though local trainmen profess to be ignorant of the change and say they are not listed on the new timetable, effective Dec. 7, The following dispatch comes from Wichita: The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe road, at the December time table meetinor in Topeka, will reroute two of its fast trains, ac cording to the statement made by officials. No. 9 and No. 2, that now goto California and re turn over the old "mainline." are to be sent over the Pan handle & Pecos Valley division, leaving the Kansas main line at Florence and, going by way of Augusta and Mulvane to Well ington, where the Panhandle division begins. The trains have been routed the new way because it is quick er, a recent cutoff to Belen, N. TO BUILD The ambition of the Elks is to make this the biggest thing of the kind ever held in Clovis. One of the principal features of the carnival will be the popular ladies and popular girls contests. This contest will start two weeks before the bazaar date and the most popular lady in Clovis will be given a diamond ring. The most popular girl in Clovis will b e given a gold watch. As Clovis boasts of the largest number of young men and the largest number o f handsome ladies and girls of any city in the southwest, this contest will no doubt attract wide attention and prove a decided success socially and financially. The Clovis band of 14 to 16 pieces will furnish music and the festivities will start with a grand street flower parade. M., having reduced the grades materially. Heavy freights to and from the coast have been routed over the cutoff for a year or more. This week General Manager Fox made the run from Wellington to Waynoka. Okla., at the speed of 107 miles an hour. He did so to test the new road way recently built. Singleton Coming Back. '"Uncle George" W. Single ton, of Santa Fe fame is com ing back. He was the first passenger over the new Galves ton Pacific road Sunday, having walked the distance of one and a half miles from the end of the road to Texico. thereby wil fully and maliciously beating the Santa Fe out of 'steen cents. Georare is coinc to stir up the business men of Clovis to the necessity of action as they were never stirred before. The News suggested that he get a prod pole with a twenty penny nail in the end of it for the purpose, but George is go ing to rely on his good old Irish brogue to carry him through, and George is some speaker. He admits it himself. The aforesaid speech will take place at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce meeting in the Elks Hall, a week from Friday. Ev ery business man in Clovis is urgently requested by the offi cers of the organization to come out and hear this original and genuine Clovis booster tell us how to make Clovis a second Denver. Don't forget the date. Cleud Edgell. of Slaton, Tex. was a visitor on our streets Wednesday.