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The. Clovis News
The News Printing Company (Incorporated) Arthur E. Curren, Manager. Entered at the post office at Clovis, N. M. as second class matter under the act of March 3, 187'J. TERK3 'iff .SUBSCRIPTION One Year $1.00 Six Months fjOc When the County Commis sioners wanted to repair the jail, they advertised for bids and are supposed to award the contract to the lowest bidder, but when the time came to give out the county printing con tract where they could have saved thousands of dollais of the people's money, they were silent for fear that the News wculd bid and gave the work to the Journal at its own figure Could it he supposed that the Commissioners believed that ihe News did not want the work or had no right to bid? These are the questions that the tax payers are asking and have a right to know. U it any wonder that the taxes ere high when you consider such extrava gance. The Nkws would have been perfectly willing to pub lish the Commissioner's Pro ceedings, free of charge as news matter, but under the present arrangement with Mr Mabry, they are obligated to pay a fancy price for it. Of course, the News does not "stand in" with the county commissioners and would not, if we could. We prefer to re maid free and untrammeled and to tell the unvarnished truth without fear or favor and to criticise public officials in the interest of good government whenever we think such criti cism is timely and just. The News is the only newspaper in the county that can be depend ed upon to tell the facts. Some newspapers do not have the moral courage to do so and others refrain from doing so lor political ana nnancial reas pna, The city of lanta Fe is hav ing its tax troubles as well as other places. It appears that the county commissioners of Santa Fe county levied a city tax of fifteen mills, which at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of that city was declared unlaw ful for the reason that the city has power to levy but a ten mill tax except for interest on bonds. It might be well for some of our legal lights to in vestigate the Curry county tax levy and ascertain if the county commissioners have not over stepped the legal limits. A committee of New Mexico bankers appeared before Secre tary McAdoo and Secretary Houston at Denver recently and urged that New Mexico be at tached to the Denvec regional bank district. These bankers were all from the western part of the state, but it appears that all those residing along the Santa Fe and Hock Island lines in eastern New Mexico are in favor of the Kansas City district as most of the foreign banking business of this section of the state is done through Kansas City. It is up to eastern New Mexico bankers to wake up and get busy or forever hold their peace in the Denver district. In all probability New Mexico is the next state t o become densely populated. Many of the spirited little cities will become centers of trade, and of those which do, it will be because of the united efforts of the citizens in encouraging trade and other interests necessary to the growth of a town. We believe we are peculiarly well situated to be caught up in the tide and ride proudly forward on the top most wave of prosperity. We should clear the shore of the breakwater of jealousy, discontent and dis ccurngement. We should have strong faith in its possibi ities and pull together with even and steady stroke. Our splendid school privileges, if advanced and maintained as they should be, will prove an incentive to draw. Another important feat ure is to advertise Clovis system atically, speak good concerning it and show forth its excell encies. Save your money and when you spend it, spend it at home. Seme of it will be sure to come back to you. When able to build, build at home and en courage your triend.s to do the same, encourage everyone to come and live with us. During the past few years many strang ers have settled I n uovis through the encouragement of friends here. They are good citizens; they build or buy sub stantial homes, and take an ac tive interest in the general wel fare of the town. Keep your business to the front, and ever nterest of the town on the ob servatory, to be seen by the world. We presume that every citizen of Clovis is, or ought to be, de sirous to see it advance, to see it impiove, to see it advance in a interests that pertain to a town of thrift and enterprise. Again we presume that if you, who live in your town, make no effort in this direction, who, if there are benefits accruing therefrom would be the recipients thereof, we do not believe our neighbors who have no particular interest in our welfare, would be so very mindtul of us as to give us a boost by investing p. few thous and dollars for our especial good, or Btarting any enterprise that would be for the up-building of Clovis, If a town is ever built up and placed in a growing con dition it will be directly or indi rectly due to those who live in it and if you wish to know the steps to be taken we will cite a few. Talk it up, its interests, its faculties and various adapti bilities to different branches of industry. Write about it, beauti fy its streets, invest your money in it, patronize its merchants and every enterprise started as far as it is at all consistent, elect GOOD men to office, advertise in its newspapers, be courteous to those who come among you and never let an opportunity to speak a good word about it pass. Remember that every dollar you invest in a permanent improve ment, is that much money at in terest and is that much toward building up Clovis. There is no quicker way to take the life, growth and energy out of a town than for its citi zens to be constantly holding up the dark side of the picture to the gaze of the inquirer. The "if" keeps everyone in doubt, and doubt keeps every man fnm going forward with the improve ments he would otherwise make. There is nothing like confidence to make a success of anything and if you haven't got any of it, don't communicate the fact to your neighbor, mu::h less to a stranger and if the bent of your mind is to continually go against every interest of the town in which you live for the sake of the town get out of it and go to some place that is already lifeless and has no interests at stake, where you, like the old lady's root beer, if you don't do any good you won't do any hurt. Why Some Towns Grow., The reason why some towns grow is because there are men of push and enemy in them who are not afraid to spend their time and money to boom their town. They erect good build ings, organize stock companies and establish factories, secure railroads, work for public im provements and use every means in their power to induce people to locate in their city. Wher ever they go they tell of the ad vantages o f their city, they write about them in every letter, they send circulars and news papers to all whom they think they can get to visit the city, and when anyone visits them treats him so kindly that he falls in love with them and their city at once. It is enterprise and everyone pulling together i h.-tt makes a progressive town and don't let the fact escape your memory. To hear every person saying something pleasant about its people and its interests is the surest, quickest and easiest way to make a town attractive to a stranger. One of the best ways in which to make a town attrac- j tive with that sort of attraction j that will draw other people to it is for every man and woman t have a pleasant word for the people and the town generally. Talk up, Clovis if you would have it do well. Talk up Clovis if you would have others come. Talk up Clovis if you would feel an interest in it, and have its people feel an interest in you. There is no better way to do it. And many a time one little word of unpleasant reference to some thing that does not exactly suit you and not particularly concern you as to that matter, will turn a good man's influence sway from here and may even drive him away. At your own fireside, talk up Clovis. Among neighbors talk up Clovis. When you come in contact with strang ers, talk up the most potent agency ever set in motion for helping Go-is. Then you can be called a full fledged member of the boosters club. Overdrafts The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the bank officer allowing overdraft is held personally responsible for same. So please do not let your account at this bank be come overdrawn, as it is a vio lation of law. We do business according to law. The First National Bank 3E HZ The Silo. About thirty or thirty five silos were built in Curry county last year as a starter, and it is predicted that several times that many will be built this year, The silo means the salvation of the country and every farmer should have one. It will more than pay for itself the first year and ia no longer an experiment Concerning the silo, on the plains the Lubbock Avalahche says: "The silo has come to stay and to fill a long-felt want. By their use farmers can at all times have ensilage, because there is not one year out of 20 that the forage crops of this section do not reach the ideal stage for perfect ensilage. Of course you ore coming to the big farmers day celebration at Clovis on February 14th. This will be something that ev ery farmer in Curry county can not afford to miss. Aviation Meet Albuquerque, New Mexico Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 1914 For the above occasion tickets will be on sale Jan. 31st, Feb. 1-2-3 from Clovis to Albuquerque and return at rate of $11.50 for the round trip. Final return limit Feb. 4, 191 1. L. R. CONARTV, Agent. Phone 122 319 W. Grand Ave. The Commercial Hotel Mrs. D. Frazee, Prop. Reasonable Rates Patronage Solicited DRAY and TRANSFER AH Kinds of Dray and Transfer Work "V Will appreciate a portion of your Patronage Phone 101. W. E. PERKINS To Our Customers We desire to thank you for your liberal patronage anrl hope to continue to receive all your orders in Groceries which we will fill with pleas ure and dispatch. "The Qual ity Tells and the Price Sells" HARVEY & MORRIS The Leading Main Street Grocers. Telephone 25. ) .id.