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VOL 7. NO. 83. CLOVIS. CURRY COUNTY, MEXICO, JANUARY 29, 1914 $1.00 PER YEAR FARMERS DAY PROGRAM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Sudan Seed. Talks By Experienced Agriculturist, Dairy men, Poultry and Stock Raisers. A Big Farmers - Get-Together Meeting. Railroad Officials Transferr ed and Promoted Word was received from Santa Fe official sources this week con firming the reported transfer of J. E. McMahon, superintend ent of the Pecos division to the superintendency of the Colorado division, comprising tour dis tricts, with headquarters at Pueblo. F. J. Evan, former trainmaster here had been ap pointed superintendent o f the Pecos division with headquarters here and Jerry Briscoe has been appointed as trainmaster to suc ceed Mr. Evans in that position. The three officers are receiv ing congratulations from their many friends over their much merited promotions and a banquet will be tenderel Mr. McMahon, the retiring superin tendent from the Pecos division, at the Harvey H ime on Satur day night. He will leave soon to assume his duties in Pueblo, where his family will join him. Supt. White Here State Supt of Schools, Alvan N. White, i n company with County Supt. of Schools, L. C. Mersfelder, returned Tuesday from their tour of inspection of the 48 school districts of the County. They made scheduled time and were greeted enthusi astically and extended every courtesy at each school house. There was a good attendance of both teachers and pupils and the educational spirit was much in evidence. In speaking to the News representative Mr. White said that he found no violations of the CDmpulsary attendance law. which he considered re markable. Not a single child of school age is out of school, as fsr as we could l?arn, said he, and that is almost an unprece dented record. In San Miguel county, 120 indictments have been returned by the Grand Jury for the violations of the compulsory attendance law. Another thing I noticed, said Mr. White, is that your schjcl houses are reasonably well furn ished and the majority have or gans, some good singers too, he added, and at the Locust Grove school house, we were given a treat with all kinds of food dainties. Havener and Blacktower, especially have neat school houses and the state will supply funds t o assist the weaker school districts in repairing and furnishing their school buildings. In making the rounds, they traveled 3G4 miles in Prof. Mers folders car. returning to Clovis Tuesday, where Prof. White ad dressed the pupils of the high school, leaving on the noon train for other parts of the state. We desire to thank those who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Coffin. Saturday, February 14 will be a big day in Clovis. On that day the keys of the city will be turned over to the Curry County farmers and stock raisers. At a meeting of the Chamber of Com merce held Friday night, the following committees weie selec ted: Program and Advertising Committee: A. E. Curren, Chairman Bert Curlers, C. E. Dennis. Finance Committee: E. R. Hart, Chairman Dr. Clyn Smith, F. S. Bnrns, S. A. Jones, C. A. Scheurich, A. B. Wagner. Arrangement Committee: W. B Cramer, Chairman A. E. Smith, D. N. Croft. Invitation Committee: B D. Oldham, Chairman C A. Scheurich, E. R. Hart An invitation has been extend ed the following named speakers to address the farmers on this occasion: H. M. Bainer, Amarillo, Santa F e agricultural demonstrator; seed and methods o f farming and dairying. J. E. Mandell, of Tucumcari, government agricultural experi ment station director; Forage crops and scientific farming. H. D. Parrett, feterita and eaily varieties of forage crops. Prof. Simpson, of Mesilla Park Agricultural college; scientific farming and crops best adapted to this section of the United States. Will H. Pattison. poultry. Forrest Pattison, dairying and care of cream. General discussion by farmers and stock raisers, who have silos as to benefits to be derived from their use. Specialties for the Day 100 packages of soudan grass seed will be distributed to farm ers, who will agree to plant and cultivate it as directed. This seed will be given to farmers only who are interested enough in the development of the country to attend the meeting, A ganeral display of seed best adapted to this section of the country, such as soudan grass seed, early milo and kaffir and corn. It will also be made the occasion of a seed trades day and all farmers having a surplus of any kind of seed for sale or exchange are requested to bring it in and the chamber will assist them in disposing of it. The meeting will be held in doors as the arrangement com mittee has secured the Lyceum theatre for the purpose. The program and all arrange ments for the meeting are not yet complete and further details will be given in next weeks issue. Ho! For a Pickle Station Considerable amusement was pr v'ik d, when the subject of locating a pickle station at Clovis was first suugesied, but the matt r has now assumed such shape that it is no longer one of comical comment. Mr. Hill re siding hear Clovis, sold $26.00 worth of cucumbers Ipst year from a patch of ground not to exceed 20 feet square. Other farmers have done as well. Cu cumbers are one of the best vine products grown in this country. County Supt, L. C. Mersfelder, is working on the matter and re cently received the following letter from one of the leading pickle concern) of he country, Chicago, 111. Jan. 24. 1914. Mr. L. C. Mersfelder, Clovis, N. Mex. Dear Sir: "' We have your letter of Jan. 19, relative to locating a salting station in your city, and we would ask you to give us, in detail, whether you have electric lights and what the electric and water rates are, also advise us about how many farmers live wi'hin a radius of ten miles of Clovis, their nationality and what they grow principally at this time. Also if possible send us government statistics cover ing your state and county. We will give the same proper consideration upon receipt Yo';ira Truly, W.'G. Wormley, Superintendent's Office N. M. Hogs on the Market G. D. McLean returned last week from Fort Worth, where he went with a car of Curry County Hogs to market. He says that the porkers arrived at their destination in good con dition and but for ihe off colors obtained through purchasing the hogs from different persons would have topped the market. As it was, he came within ten cent 8 of getting the top price. Some of the hogs were only ten months old and weighed three hundred pounds. He thinks this an ideal hog country, (with all due respect to some of our county officers) and that hog raising will soon become one of our leading industries. Mr. Mc Lean has been in the hog breed ing and marketing business for fifty years and will erect a silo this year and fatten his hogs on ensilage. City Election in April. Time is drawing near when the people of Clovis will be called upon to ballot for city officials as the term of office of the mayor, city clerk, city treas urer and some of the aldermen expire in April. The News has not had expression from any seeking these positions but it is almost certain that the offi ces willl not go begging. We do not know whether or not Mr. Hart will again be A candidate sor Mayor, but having twice been honored with the position, we will assume that he will not. in which event we would sug gest the name of W. I. Luskart. We have no fault to nnd witn the past administration and the city finances are now getting in good shape. NEW RAILROAD THROUGH New Gulf-Pacific Line of the Trains Into Clovis Next Month. According to information giv en the News, which is said to have come from no leas a per son than General Manager Fox of the Santa Fe. the operating department of the P. and N. T. will take over the Lubbock Clovis extension on the first of February or within a few days thereafter and that then the triin will bi run into Clo vis which will be the division instead of stopping at Texico as has beed the case since the road has been operated by the instruction department. Through traffic will be inaug urated with the change and trains will be run from Galvest on to the Pacific coast. While it is not expected that the traffic will be heavy from Ihe begin ning, business will gradually increase as the new route be comes better advertised and better kuown to the traveling public and to the shippers. It is learned that one of the pri mary objects in building this line, aside from getting a big share of the Pacific Exposition traffic this fall is to compete with the Panama Canal water ways traffic and with the Southern Pacific railroad in the Gulf to Pacific business. The effect of this new line on industrial con ditions in Clovis can hardly be overestimated, and by this fall, its benefits to Clovis and towns west of the junction will no longer be a matter of specula tion. Santa Fe Allowed to Advance Rates. Washington. D. C. Jan. 24. The Interstate Commerce ' Com mission today passed an order permitting the Santa Fe railroad to increase its rates on petro leum five per cent from Kan sas refining points to New Or- eans and other southern points. Melrose Wants School The people of Melrose are clamoring for a high school and are willing to vote bonds for that purpose. Onlv the Melrose precinct would be taxed, but the entire county would have to vote on the issue as provided by the act. Melrose should have it if she wants it and the people of Clovis are duty bound to help. J. B. Ford Promoted The General offices of Sprmg- field are shy several of their forces. Tuesday, owing to their presence in Springfield to attend a meeting of the Traffic Officers of the line. The officials will re turn Wednesday. They are: .'. H. Douglas, Gen. Exc. Agent. J. H. Jackson, Assistant Supt J. B. Ford, Assistant Supt. D. F. Mc Donald, Division Freight Agent. The above was clipped from the Birmingham paper. OPEN TO TRAFFIC SOON Santa Fe Will Be Operating Elks Ministrels The Clovis Elks will entertain with a ministrel show sometime in February. The exact date has not yet been deftnately de cided unon, but it will be on or about Feb. 17. The local black faced corn- medians have been preparing for months f x this great "stunt" which they claim will be well worth the price of admission, as the order his some good talent along this line of entertainment Tne Elks of Clovis have the name of doing things right when they undertake to entertain the public and on this occasion they propose to more than uphold their past efforts. Market Changes Hands The Central Meat Company have purchased the City Meat Market from J. R. Walker and will consolidate the two by re moving the Central .Market from West Grand Avenue to the loca tion now occupied by the City Market on North Main street Mr. Highfill, one of the pro prietors, informs the News that they will have a market second to none in the state. In Honor of Mrs. Klmberlin Friday evening Mrs. L. M. Cassioy entertained a number of friends at her pretty home on 010 N. Lane, at a 6 o'clock dinner. The dining room was exceptionally beautiful with its shaded lights. . The dinner was splendid and delightfully enjoy able. After dinner, Bridge was play ed. Mr. W. W. Stewart winning high honors for the gentlemen, and Mrs. Jewell Kimberlin, high honors for the ladies. Mr. and Mrs. Patton Hosts Mr. and Mrs. Harry Patton very cleverly entertained the adults of the Presbyterian church, Wednesday evening. One of the main features uf the evening's entertainment was the Church Building Contest in which each person present was named to represent some character in the bible. The idea was novel and interesting and afforded much amusement and merriment. About 35 were present. One course luncheon was served. A good live meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held in the Elks home Friday night The principle business of the evening was the discussion of plans for the farmers day meet ing and the appointment of committees. President B. D. Oldham, of the Chamber pre sided. James Hall, of Portales, was in Clovis, Saturday on business. W. A. Hockenhull made a business trip to Melrose, Tuesday.