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URIZOVI WEEKLY ENTERPRISE.
rUBMSHEl) BVERY BATURPAY AT FLORENCE PINAL COUNTY, A. T. Bi ll, r. G. W. UROWH. JLORENCE, - FEBRUARY 11, 1888 Wi published last week the objection of "A Settlor" to tho act of Congress creating a tribunal to determine Mexi can land grants within the Territories, nd ire heartily concur In his conclu sions. We have before taken occasion to express our repugnance to the meas ure as being in the direct interests of the claimants of alleged and fraudulent grants and one that will work great hard ships to the settlers over whose possess ions these shadows tre cast. As our cor respondent suggests, all these claimants want is to secure the recognition of their claims by this newly cieatod court and thereby cloud all titles to property for the many long years that must elapBe pending a final adjudication. The court an not refuse to take cognizance of the claims of any claimant, even though a flimsy pretense to title is set up, and when once placed upon Its calendar the settlers are at their mercy, and will be subjected to meroilosa blackmail. The bill in question Is undoubtedly the scheme of the land pirates, instigated for the purpose of enabling them the better to plunder the settlors in good faith upon the publics domain, and those who favor the bill are cither the willing or the blind tools of the conspirators. It seems hardly possible that tho National Con gress will enact a measure of such gross Injustice to the people and we expect of our dolegate in that body an eloquent denunciation of the measure both be' lore the committee to whom it has been referred and upon the floor of the House TT? fii are reliably lntormed that a sur veying party of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad company made a pre liminary survey quite recently of a route from Albuquerque, New Mexico, through Arizona, coming from Tonto Basin down the Salt river to Terape where track of them was lost. It Is believed they went down the Gila river to Yuma, seeking a direct route from their eastern connec tion to their Pacifio seapoit nt Ensenada, Lower California. It is certain that sev ral new lines of railroad will be built through southern Arizona the present year and one or two of them will pass through Florence. When It cau be tiown that a railroad will surely reach this valley there will follow such a boom In real estate as our people never dream ed of. People will ride in with a lux nnous x unman wno will not como on a stage coach, and when they see our love ly valley and learn of the opportunities that exist hero for profitable investment many of them will ruinalil. "Tho ratlroaa is necessary for our growth and prosper Itylfweaim at a superlative degree of greatness. '' -" Th people of Tucson are worked up to a pitch of enthusiasm In beautifying their city, that is destined to add very largely to tho attractions of the ancient pueblo. Tublio meetings were held and committees selected to canvass specified districts and solicit orders fur trees tha are to be planted along the streets, with result thut nearly evory ctrcet is to ' be lined with handsome shade trees. The action of the people of Tucson is highly eommondnblo and It is hoped thy wil il 11. 1 .tr-i .. wunrsn us guou ouccis aim continue the line of public improvements until the city is transformed into a thing of beauty and joy forever. Tho residents of Flor ence require no urging in the matter of adorning the piaee with verdure, for tho oil is so fortilo and the water abundant that vegetation prows luxuriantly : but little cure. Tho luudsuius umhri- ireog amiig our screois anJ wit'ila ui:iy private enclosures uro tho admiration an visitor, wiu;e a Urge variety of frui .1 . i i . t anu ornamental trees auorn nearly evory one s premises. The development of new sources of water supply will constitute a very profit ablo business in this portion of Arizona during the next ten or a dozen years. After the water of the streams are fully utilized, resort must be had to a system of storage reservoirs and to the openin of new sources of supply yet unseen and uuknown. Whether this will be done by means of artesian wells or by tunnclin into the mountain ranges, time must de turuiine. At all events the broad pause of fertile but arid lands of south rn Arizona will some day be fully re claimed by an ample supply of water fur irrigating purposes and bo converted into the garden spot of the far west. The presence of green fuilago and bright blossoms upon the treos remind us that spring has come with all its de eloping fascinations Including "spring fever." There has been a of but a month or six weeks since Hi t the trees snou meir leaves ana tney are ugai in tho harness. TImj people of the north are still struggling with doop snows an frosty blizzards with a prospect of two months more of severe weather before balmy spring comes to them. j he thanks oi tne .L,jiT uprise are tendered Hon. Mark A. Smith for valu ablo favors In tho way of publio docu aients. Water in the Sum Hughes ditch Dcon struck mucn earner than was an ticipated and the inrush is so great that the contractor will probably not be abl to keep his original engagement. All those who hold land tributary to the ditch are now enthusiastio over the pros pects. Uitizen. Next Tuesdajr will be Valentine day, when Unele Sam will derive a little ex tra bonanza through postage on sense Ittts and sentimental missives. The Gila Valley. The following is the fourth of a series of historical articles written by public scholars of Arizona settlements, and although somewhat lengthy, is well worthy of perusal. It was published m the Tucson Star. DESCRIPTION OF FLOEENCE. Florence, the county-seat and princi pal town of Pinal county, is situated in the parallel of 34 degrees 15 minutes west longitude and 33 degrees north latitude, in the valley of the Gila, half a mile from the stream, and twenty-live miles north east of Casa Grande, the nearest station on the Southern Pacific railroad. It was laid out in 1868 by Hon. L. Rugglos and christened Florence by Gov. K. C. McCormick, after Florence in Italy. Its surroundings are beautiful, for it is embowered among groves ot Bhado and fruit trees and the sound of bubbling streams which run through every street lends life to their surround ings. Wherever the eye may be cast it is sure to fall on a scene beautiful to be hold. A wide plain bounded on all sides by mountains, which lie heaped upon each other, some of them distinctly seen while others show only dim outlines to make the vale of beauty more perfect. On the west rises the massive chain of the Chiricahua, over one hundred miles long and in some places twenty miles widoJthe Fimalgno and the oanta leresa ranges joining it on the north. In the southeast the Santa Catalinas lift their crests from the deBert plain. On their summits grow the pine oak, juniper, ash, and many other varieties of trees. Here many wild animals find a pleasant home, among clear brooks and shady glens. Southeast of the Santa Catalinas are the Santa Rita mountains, Mt. Wnghtson towering in the clear air to a height of 10,000 feet above the sea-lovel. Iheso mountains have a sad story of their own, having witnessed the death oi many a brave miner, slain by the murderous Apaches when the first attempt at min ing was made by American pioneers. To the southeast iB the Huachuca range which is joined to the Santa Ritas by the Patagonia mountains. The eastern slope of this range fronts towards the San Pedro valley, and close to its south ern end passes the boundary line of Mex 100. West of the Santa Rita range between the Gila and tho Sonora line, is the prominent range of Atascosa, which em braces a rich milliner region. The most noted peak Is the Bobaquivari, which rises to a height of 8,000 feet, and which Is visible from the distance of 10U miles. To the west of this range stretches t wild and weird region known as Papa guerla (home of the papagoes). Many Isolated groups are found in this section, among the principal ones being the Ajo and the Cababl. The yunotoa moun tain, which rises 1,500 feet above the Santa Rosa plain, lies west of Cababi, and is at present famous for the rich mines to which it has given its name. To the north of Florence the most prom lent chains are the superstition ranee strotching between t lie bait and the Gila, its northern slope being heavily timber ed; the Gila range, Siorra Natanes, and Sierra de la Petaha, all of which are well watered and timbered. The Pinal range running parallel with the Gila is also heavily timbered. The Gila, which flows a mile north of rlorence, is a beautiful river next 1n e!m to the Colorado. It takes its source in one of the eastern spars of the Mogollon Mt a. and crosses the territory from the line of New Mexico to the Colorado near Fort Yuma. .... Almost the entire territory souti oi tne tnirty-nith parallel is arain ed by this river and four tilths of the streams within its border are tributary to it For more than half ist length it is a mountain stream running through rocky chasms, deep canons and wild and rugged scenery From the SUrra Natanes it receives the Rio San Francisco, and few miles from this stream it receives the Bonito and Eagle creeks. Farther on the Rio del Sur joins it near the town of Solomouville. Below the Pueblo Viejo the una cuts through the Santa Teresa the Galuria, the Mescal, the Tortilia, and other ranges. While passing through these ranges it forms deep gorges and narrow chasms for a distance of nearly ixty miles. Before entering the canon it is lomed by the San Carlos from the North, a beautiful stream with a largi and picturesque valley. Many ruins of former irrigating works and dwellings are seon on the banks of this river, tell ing of the industrious population which once made its home there. The name San Carlos is well known throughout Arizona as the home of the wily Apaches. Midway in its course through the canon tne una is joined by the San .Pedro, tlowmg from the south. About ten lailes above Florence it emerges from th mountains ana enters the wide plain ex tending to the Colorado, the rest of its course being through a rich and fertile valley. We have two rainy seasons. During the monthB of January, February an March occurs tho first rainy Beason and in the summer mouths of June, July and August we have the second. Snowfalls are rare here, only one having occurred in the last lsJ years, though snow may b seen from here on the crests of the dinerent mountains during the winter months, making a beautiful spectacle with its pure mantle spread over tower- 1 ing peaks, and lofty ridges. When warm weather comes the molted snow swelli the Gila river to a considerable size, often causing it to overflow its banks. After reading about the pleasant surroundings of this town, one can well imagine the pleasure of living in it. No cold winds or foggy days are experienced hero. On the hottest days the thermometer mark 104 and on the coldest 18. A temper aturo of eighty degrees in the eastern statos is said to be far more oppressiv than one hundred degrees in Florence, owing to the dryness of our Arizona at mosphere. Sunstrokes are unknown here. Tho cool breezes sweeping from the mountains during the summer night; bring their healthful coolness with them Many strangers coming here from the esst during the winter mistake the season for svmmer, saying that it is equal to their summer in the states. Ten miles from f lorence is the exten sive ruin known as "old Casa Grande the identity of whose builders no one has ever been able to discover. But whoever they wore, they surely excelled our peo ple not only in architecture but in agri culture as well, as may be seen by their old canals and reservoirs which show them to have been unsurpassed in engi neering skill. In 1540, when Coronado led his famous expedition northward, h found this vicinity inhabited by the Pima Indians, but was unable to discover wh the builders of these ruins were. The Casa Grande was even then in ruins, be ing four stories high with walls six feet In thickness. Many buildings surround ing it have crumbled down to mere mounds of earth. The ruins are at pres ent only one story high but the cemeut on the walls is still as glossy as a mirror and a hardness of finish unequalled by noderu art. Who fflese people were. from whence they came and where they went, may never be discovered, but that this region where the howl of the coyota is the only sound which rends the still ness was once the home of an industrious and happy nation, is beyond doubt. Among the dinerent tribes ot Indians which make Arizona their home, the Apache is the most dreaded for, being a born murderer, who delights in spilling the blood and pillaging the homes of peaceful citizens as well as those of other more peaceful tribes. This was the character he bore among the Pimas when the Spaniards first entered the country, 350 years ago. The number of this tribe in Arizoua is about 6000. Ever since 1874 these Apaches have lived on the San Carlos reservation, which is situated in the eastern part of the territory, north of the Gila river. It embraces portions of Gila, Graham nnd Apache counties, and is watered by the San Carlos, Cibicu, Eagle creek, Rio Bonita and other tributaries of the Gila and contains 4,440 nuare miles. In this reservation are the finest farming lands in the territory and some of the most extensive grazing rang es, also rich mines abounding in gold, liver and copper. Fish abound m the different streams and large forests of fine timbers full of game are also found. It thought that there at least 500,000 acres embraced in this reservation that could be easily brought into cultivation, yet only 1,000 acres have been farmed by the lazy and worthless red men, after all the trouble of the government in try ing to provide them with tools. Many habits of the Apaches are pecu liar. They are republicans of the most advanced type. The chief is elected by the popular vote, and should he not bo liked by his people is asked to resign, and another elected in his place. They are polygamists, and no marriage cere mony is known among them. The women are the hewers of wood and drawers of water, the Apache braves being disdain ful of manual labor. They believe in a Great Spirit, and in the existence of happy hunting grounds where they will go after death. They burn their dead. The Apaches are divided into number of tribes, the Coyoteres, White Mountain. Chincahuas. Finals, lontos. Aguas Calientes, Apache Yumas, and Apache Jlohaves, each tribe governed by a chief. The number of this tribe is rapidly decreasing: their power is being broken little by little, and soon they will no longer be seen on the face ot the con tinent. The Pima and Maricopa tribes have i reservation set apart for them, beginning about nine miles west of Florence and extending down on both sides of the Gila, to its jnnction with the Salt River a distance of about 35 miles; all of which is fine fruitful land. The Pimas number about 4.000 the Maricopas about 6,000. Thev raise large crops, the average ol wheat being 2.000.000 pounds a year, and in oualitv superior to that of their white neighbors, iney raise Desiues wheat, corn, pumpkins, beans, sorghum, and vegetables in large Quantities. Three centuries and a half ago, wheu the Span iards visited this country they found them as they are to-day, living in. huts which are built of poles in a circle arch ed at the top, and covered with grass and mud. looking like a gigantic beehive. Tho Pimas are governed by a head chief. The tribe is divided into brda,. each br.nd ruled by a captain who is chosen bv the popular vote. In each village a council hut is found, where the lead ing men often meet to discuss the affairs of State. Unlike the Apaches they be Hove in monogamy, and are married by means of a simple ceremony. They have a dim notion of a Creator and are be lievers iu witchcraft and will club to death one whom thev suppose to be witch. The Pimas are friends of the whites, and are always ready to lend helping hand against the Apaches who are their worst enemies. The Maricopas occupy the same reservation but live separately. Eighty years the Maricopas were a part of tho Yuma tribe, but be ing driven out they joined the Pimas with whom they have been on trienaiy terms ever since. The Papagos were once a part of the Pima nation, but were converted to Christianity by the Spanish missionaries and took the name "Papa goes" baptized. Of all tho tribes they are the most industrious, peaceful virtuous and thrifty, and it seems strange that they should not receive help from the Government, for they surely deserv it more than other Indian. They have a settlement on the Gila, below the mouth of the Salt river, where they farm about 4000 acres. During the several combats with the Apaches, the Papagoes did good service, lighting side by side with the whitos. Being good workers, large numbers of them are employed by the farmers of Florence. They dress after the manner of some of the ranchers, wear hats, an cut their hair short, which the Pimes will not do. The town of Florence lies in the midst of a district rich in copper, lead, silver. and gold. One of the richest mines yet discovered is the Silver King mine, 35 miles northeast from the Gila. It was found on the 22d of March, 1875, by partv of four men from Florence who started to explore tho mountains in search of a man named Sullivan, who, they sup posed, had beon killed by the Apaches, or perished in the desert, and to bring in some of the ore from tho Globe mines bv means of a train of pack animals. When on their way back they camped for the night within a short distance the present hoisting works of the King mine. On preparing to start next morn ing they missed one of their mules. Cope- land, one of the party, went to find him and discovered him standing on the trp of a little hill. Going up to catch the mule he stumbled over, what he thought, a common stone, but on inspecting it he was surprised to find it full of rich ore It was one of the out-cropping of the present Silver King mine. The party, which consisted of Messrs. Chss. G. Ma son, Benjamin W. Beagan, William H Long, and Isaac Copeland. at once located the rich find. The mine was worked by this same party till June 1876, when Copeland sold his interest to Mason. short time after this. Long sold his in terest to Mason. Beagan and Mason be coming the sole owners. In January 1877 Mason sold his interest to Col, James Barney, and on May 9th of the same year the Silver King Mining Com nanv was incorporated, and work bega in earnest at once. The total yield since its discovery has been over 85,000.000. This vearit is estimated at $1,500,000. The verdure of the city of Florence, with its beautiful homes ornamented with different kinds of shrubbery and flowers, and the valley made to look like a green and golden carpet with its helds ot al falfa and grain, and orchards loaded with fruit of nearly all kinds, makes it an at tractive place. The land is irrigated by means of canals; twelve of which are in use in Florence at the present time. The largest of these, the "Grand Canal," hfteen miles in length, and passing a mile south of the town, was constructed during the year 1887. This canal is capable of irrigating 140,- 000 acres of land. It is twenty-five feet wide at the bottom and thirty -six at the top. Large crops are raised here every year, the average value of a ton of hay being iJIO in a home market, l wo crops of line flavored grapes are raised in a ingle season. Vegetables, and iruits are cultivated with success, and always meet with a ready sale and good profit. The curing of grapes would be a profit able business here, as there are no heavy dews, and with little work large quanti ties of grapes could be dried and sold here, or taken to the diffeient mining camps in the region tributary to Flor ence. Many stack ranches are found within a few miles from Florence all of which have fine stock. The principal occupa tion of the residents of this valley being farming, every piece of ground which can be irrigated is under cultivation. When the first settlement was made in 18G7 this whole region was an immense forest with no inhabitants but Apaches. These murdering Indians committed depredations on the white settlers, and for a period of years they had control of the valley. The pioneers appalled by the dangers that surrounded them; having witnessed the murder or barbarous treat ment of their companions, were even afraid to venture out of their homes after nightfall. But now that settlers have flocked in from all parts, the pioneers enjoy peace and happiness, and delight to tell of the dangers they endured years ago, when the redmen were the owners of this fertile land. Numerous improve ments have been made since that time; 2000 inhabitants having immigrated here. 1000 buildings, principally of adobe, have been erected, some of them being of handsome designs. The public Bchool, built in 1886, is a well constructed frame building two stories high. The Florence courthouse is a substantial and commo dious adobe structure, with a shingle roof. a plain but commodious building. The Catholics have also erected a large church. There are at present six saloons, one hotel and five stores, all of which are doing good business. A railroad is all we need to make this a flourishing place. Many wild animals are found in near ly all the ranges surrounding Florence, The grizzly bear inhabits the White Mountains, and the neighborhood of Fort Apache. The cinnamon, the black and the brown bear are found in every range of any size in the territory. Some fine specimens of the elk family are also found in the ravines and glens of the San Francisco and Sierra Blanca ranges. The roar of the California lion is heard in all of the mountainous regions of Ari zona. The antelope is found In the grassy plains and valleys. The coyote orrairie wolf roams over the deserts plains, and mesas, and his shrill yelp heard from the Sonora line to the Utah border. Another species of the wolf family inhabits some of the mountain ranges. It is a fierce animal and does not hesitate to make a prey of full grown calves, colts and other domestic animals that may happen to stray in its path The beaver makes his home in the stream of the Mogollon and WThite mountains, also along the Verde the Little Colorado the Upper Gila, the San Pedro and Salt rivers. The Arizona beaver is not large as the northern beaver, and its skin is of much less Value. In the elevattd rocks as well as in the desolate regious the big horn mountain sheep is a dweller. Of the smaller wild animals the wild cat is the most dreadful foe. They attain large size and have all the fierce instincts of their race. The jack-rabbit found throughout Arizona, its flesh be ing coarse and tasteless, but that of the smaller variety known as the cotton tail'1 is as white and tender as that of chicken. This territory possesses a large and rich variety of the feathered tribe. The American eagle makes his home the lofty peaks of the principal ranges. Wild ducks are found on the streams, wild geese often visit part of the country coming from the coast a distance about 170 miles. The quail a beautiful bird with a flesh of delicious flavor, is an inhabitant of this country and seemB be rapidly increasing. The mocking bird with its melodious voice is hear wherever there is a grove of trees or spring of water. Black birds are found every where. The hawk is met here also where they attain a large size. His taste for young chicks makes him an enemy to the farmer. The owl and the crow are dwellers of this territory from end end. Larks, swallows, buntings, wrens, grosbeaks and linnets are also found. The crane is found in marshes and on the streams throughout the valley. Amon the reptiles found on the hills and moun tains around rlorence, the most poison ous ones are the tarantula, the scorpion the centipede, and Gila monster. This reptile is of the lizard species covered with scales and sometimes reaches the length of two feet. Rattlesnakes are also found, lhe fishes ot the Una are but few, though their number is increas ing. A fish resembling a sucker is found here. It is well flavored, but very long 7 he Colorado salmon is also found this stream. Trout are found here abundance. In all the history of this valley there is no record of any earth quakes except the one in May, 1887, and that one, only lasting about thirty seconds without doing any damage, Fresh and healthy water is found through out our valley, but 1 am very sorry say the male population does not seem to have much use for it. Julia DeArmitt. Florence, A. T. Age, 16. Yuma'H Boom. Our lovely village is most advantage ously situated, and is bound to becom an important city and that before many years. Two transcontinental railroads within a few hours travel from tide-water. and on the banks of a large and naviga ble stream, with a rich agricultural county around and about it, valuabl mines within a short distance, admirably located for various manufacturing enter prises, and a climate that is simply per feet, these are a few of the many reasons why the Sentinel insists that Yuma will be a city and a large one at that. It be hooves our people to improve the natural advantages that this place possesses: beautify your gardens, improve your houses, plant trees in front of your homes do anything which will benefit the town. Every dollar expended in niak ing Yuma attractive will return interest a thousand fold to the investor. The main drawback at present to the advance ment of the town, is the lack of vacant houses, this however will soon be rem edied, as a number of new buildings will be erected at once, and by next summer several very large dwellings will be com ploted. All who visit Yuma are charmed with the delightful climate, and the hospitality of her citizens. Let the goo work continue until iuma is the metro polis of the Pacific coast. Yuma Sentinel. Just Take And sit down for a tell you that we are TAKING And balancing our At least this is what The Padres are Two P-AT 'fT bus. . rL'j -Sfc-&v 3 Not being at all At selling Dress propose to Further Reductions In our Ifffe? When we strike a balance sheet we will take you behind Clams to After that you can Around the store and see what low prices really are and, like the man in the above pic ture, lay down and think about it, and wake up fully determined to go to while and we will STOCK Telling these Dames. "11 "., Goods so Cheap, we make still the Oysters and have some " Recognizes the Trntli. In view of the fact that facetious journalists throughout the country have often made Arizona the scene of some of their alleged witticisms by locating im possible and ludicrous episodes as occur ring within this Territory, the following rebuke from the Los Angeles Times is a timely refutation and a truthful state ment of the matter. The Times savs: It is a fact that Arizona is undeserved ly given a very bad name, not only by San Francisco papers, but by the press of the whole country. Whenever any especially atrocious tale of blood is con cocted by hungry penny-a-liners, it is redited to a supposititious Arizona paper and started on its rounds. As a fact, life and property are as safe in Arizona as in any State of the Union. If a man keeps out of saloon and gambling-house quar rels, he may travel unarmed from one end of the Territory to the other withtfK the slightest fear of molestation, while petty larceny is unknown something that we cannot say -of sections which claim to be more civilized. An Arizona miner may leave home for a week, his abm door unlocked, and on returning find everything in its place, with ex ception, perhaps, of a little 'grub,' to which a passer-by may have helped him self, and to which lie is always entirely welcome. With advancing 'civilization,' Arizona will doubtless acquire her share of the vices of more respectable com munities. Meanwhile it is about timer or the press to cease misrepresenting a Territory whose inhabitants are brave, hospitable and generous. Only the Unexpected That Oc curs Always. It was on Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 1888, that the 212th Grand Monthly Drawing, of the far-famed Louisiana State Lottery took place at New Orleans, La. (as usual, under the sole management of Gen Is G. Beauregard, of La., and Jubal A, Early of Ya. Things went as they gen erally do: (it is only the unexpected that always occurs). No. 33,442 drew the hrst capital prize of 8150,000, which was sold in fractional tenths at $1 each, sent to M. A. Dauphin, New Orleans, La. One to V. Schmidt, Petaluma, Cal.; one paid through Wells, Fargo & Co., San i rancisco, Cal. ; one paid through th Memphis National Bank of Memphis, Tenn.: one to N. W. Nichols, throuph Wells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Cal. ; one paid through Anglo-Californian Bank (L't'd), San Francisco, and the other portions went elsewhere. No. 73,185 drew the second prize of $50,000, also sold in fractional tenths at 1 each. One was paid to Miss Augusta Filene, of No. 2,037 Archer Ave. , Chicago, 111 ; one to John Trimble, 315 South Water Street, Aurora, 111. ; one paid through the Met ropolitan National Bank of Cincinnati, Ohio. : two through Wells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Cal. ; one to Miss Kittte Dillon, 105 Bienville St., and one to August Hunzelman, 126 Chartres St., both of New Orleans, La., and the rest went elsewhere. No. 51.613 drew the third capital prize of $20,000, also sold in tenths One went to JN. Tostevin, Union Stock Yards, Chicago, 111. ; one to A. McLeish, Jersey City, N. J.; one paid through the Fort Worth National Bank, Fort Worth, Texas; one to T. C. Tucker, Pearl, Texas; one to Jacob C. Shafer, Indianapolis, Ind., and one through the State National Bank of Lincoln,. Neb. The next event on March 13th, 1888, is a grand quarterly and the 24th grand monthly drawing, when the first capital prize is $300,000. All information will be given on application to M. A. Dau phin, New Orleans, La. The Silver Beer Mine. Yesterday it was reported that several miners had gone to Casa Grande In search of employment, in response to the telegram published in the Citizen that fifty men were wanted, but had return ed empty handed. Mr. Loss, to whom they referred, having stated that he knew nothing about it. This morning, however, Mr. W. W. Ashley, superintendent, of the mine put in appearance, having come dirictly from St. Louis to assume charge of the mine. To-day he purchased a hoisting whim and other necessary supplies from the Tucson Machine Depot and other nec essary material from the different mer chants in town. In an interview with Mr. Ashley it was learned that the Silver Reef mine is sit uated about eleven miles from Casa Grande and was formerly owned by Mr. John C. Loss, from whom the present company purchased it. Adjoining it are the Horn Silver and Gray Eagle claims, also said to be good properties. It is the Intention of Mr. Ashley to begin work with as many men as can be advantageously worked and to put others on as fast as room can be made for them. If these properties develop as anticipated, the company purpose to erect a forty, or perhaps a sixty, stamp mill in their immediate neighborhood, but in the meantime they will go on tak ing out ore and opening the claims up to the best of advantage. Mr. John C. Loss is now In St. Louis making the final transfer of the property. Citizen. Henry N. Copp, the land lawyer of Washington, D. C, wishes the addresses of all settlers on school sections in this Territory. If sufficient inducement be obtained, he will undertake to secure the passage by Congress of a law excepting sections sixteen and thirty-six from the school reservation where a settler was living thereon at dale of survey, and tlfus enabling him to sell his improve ments so as to allow the purchaser, if qualified, to obtain title. Interested parties are requested to communicate at once with Mr. Copp, stating the circum stances ef their cases. The Key inert. From a gentleman of Florence who was in the city yesterday, the Star learns that the Ileymert mine of Pinal is prov ing a bonanza of wonderful meri t. The ten stamp mill is turning out bullion beyond all expec tations and the mine, which a year ago was considered worth not more than $100,000 could not now be purchased for a million. The Star's in formant says that Judge Walker was the moving spirit who put vitality in shape of cash to make the Ileymert a success, as he has many other industries in Pinal county. Star. Sheriff M. J. Nugent is building a cosy dwelling on his ranch; it is not very large, but it ts being built sufficiently roomy for two, all of which may mean a great deal in the immedi ate future. Yu ma Sentinel. Rooted Jra pes. Three thousand grape roots for sale cheap; also a ot of ornamenta trees and a limited number of Geraniums in pots. S. B. Remt. Florence Dec. , 8th, 1887.