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Published Every Thursday by ,
thb Mesa Publishing Co.
W. 0. MORTON, Editor.
Subscription Rates.
,«*» I»W $2.60
Jttx Months...... 1.50
Tnes Months.. .76
Invariably in advance.
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Advertising rates made known on
Thursday, July 13, 1893.
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Mesa is still coming to the front
and we who have become acclimate
Are led to wonder where we are at.
Plans are being formulated ,to
erect at this place Stamp Mills,
Smeiter and Sampling works.
There is rich rock enough in our
mountains to keep a dozen estab
lishments of that kind going night
and day. Mesa is a first-class
location for such works and the
arrangements for the prosecution of
the enterprise goes merrily on
With her fabulously rich mines,
,her immense area of fruit ancj alfal
fa lands; her stock ranges and her
balmy climate Me3a City, the
Crown of the valley, bids fair to
become a busy and populous city in
the very near sometime.
The report of Thos. R. Sorin,
.Secretary of the World’s Fair man
agers, made to Governor Hughes,
shows that the products of Arizona
soil is represented by three small
.boxes of Salt River apricots. The
mining industry is properly, abun
dantly and creditably represented
but the thousands of people who
want homes in a mild climate all
do not probably want to engage in
The capabilities of our
hoil in the way of fruit raising and
farming should have been demon
strated tp the thousands who are
looking toward the Pacific Coast
for homes. Arizona’s mines are
sources of immense wealth, butjher
agricultural and horticultural lands
will add greater wealth not only in
golden ducats but in pleasant and
prosperous homes.*
The Oasis says there is great
complaint in the Salt River valley
of a scarcity of water while over at
Arizola there is plenty for irrigation.
We are glad to know that our
neighbors are abundantly supplied,
it is very probable that the Salt
River valley would have an abun
dance, too, if the area under cul
tivation was no greater than that
at Arizola. On the Mesa alone
there are over ninety square miles
under cultivation, and a fair por
tion of this consists of alfalfa fields
which require immense quantities of
water. The two years’ drought, it
is true, has told upon our source of
supply—the natural flow, merely
of the river—but, with an average
rainfall, together with the com
pletion of the developments under 1
way, will give an abundaut supply
for the twelve hundred square
pailes tributary to Mesa City.
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Every day reveals new wealth
i j~
in the mountains bordering La
Mesa Grande of which Mesa City
is the commercial center. It is
acknowledged now by the most
experienced miners who have vis
ited the Superstition mines ad
jacent to' this city, that is one of
|he most remarkable gold deposits
ever discovered in this territory.
Hot only the lodes and ledges are
very rich in the yellow metal,
but the adjacent, intervening and
overlying dirt is full of gold. It
has been proven by numerous
tests that the dirt adjoining Hall’s
mine and upon his claim gives
£Wehty dollars per ton of gold.
There literally seems to be gold
everywhere. In additiod to this
rich gold bearing district the dis
covery of Capt. McCasey, up the
Salt River, of silver ledges four
teen feet wide, assaying five hun
dred ounces to the ton and of
immense gold bearing ledges,
apparently a faraway continuation
of the Superstition ledges, adds
another very strong factor to the
future outlook of our city and
valley. Added to all this comes
the remarkable announcement by
Capt. McCasey, that he has found
in the same vicinity an immense
deposit of tin ore. The Capt. has
made an assay of it and finds it
fabulously rich in tin. We have
seen specimens of the ore and com
paring it with that of the Temiacal
mines of California, it is apparent
that our own tin mines will eclipse
that Worked by English capital at
Temiscal. So far as our knowledge
goes, this is the first discovery of
tin ere in the territory and it adds
another to the many sources of
mineral wealth of Arizona,
A Remarkable Story.
Under the heading, “A Tale of
Mormons’ Illusory Promises,” the
following Jackson. Miss., dispatch
appears in the New Orleans Picayune:
Jackson, Miss., June 25.—Governor
Stone is in receipt of a letter dated at
Mesa, Arizona, on Juno 25th and
signed by J. Q. Stevens, Amos and
Daniel Glover, formerly citizens of
Lawrence county, this state. They
write a pitiful tale, telling how they
were enticed away from their homes
a year ago, by Mormon elders named
Barker and May. They are without
means and state that all the stories of
the Mormons were false, and appeal
to the Governor to secure them trans
portation to return homa. They are
living in tents and are destitute.”
The above is a slander upon the
Mormons of Mesa and is false. We
r e not a Mormon, nor a Methodist
nor a Baptist,; in fact and indeed, we
have no ecclesiastical handle attached
to our name, but we do believe in
giving all a fair and an
equal show in the effort to promul
gate their religious doctrines*
We know the Mormon people of Mesai
we have lived araoug them* we know
something of their every day life; we
have visited them at their homes; we
know something of their charitable
deeds, their philanthropy, not on ly
toward their own people, but to any
worthy stranger who enters within
their gates; we know them to be
generous, hosp itable, philanthropic
faithful to their friends and charitable
toward their enemies, honest, in
dustrjpus frugal and consciencious in
their religious beliefs and loyal to
their country and its laws. We know
some of the elders, who have in the
consciencious discharge of their re
ligious duties absented themselye ß
from their homes and its Comfor ts; we
know some who are now in the field
as missionaries, and we know that
nowhere, under no religious name can
be found more truthful or honest men
or women, none who would be farther
from misrepiesentation in the pros
ecution of their work. In short, we
do not hesitate to say what we know
to be the fact, that there are no better
citizens today in any portion of the
United States, than are the Mormons
of Mesa. They know what hardships
are. They planted upon Mesa the
first germ of civilization; it was then a
wildereess; they were penniless; they
had no tents, but dwelt in habitations
constructed from the native heaths;
they toiled, subdued the wilderness,
caused the desert to blossom as the
rose, and by euergy, and industry,
’ through trouble, toil and privation
i have now comfortable homes and are
; always willing and ready and before
hand in assisting all who need as*
The facts in the above case, as we
know of our own knowledge, and as
we have them from as reliable au
thority as can be tound anywhere
that is from the Mormons themselves,
are, that these parties m iking the
complaint, were given work on the
day following their arrival at as good
wages as are paid to anyone; that
they have been offered almost if not
altogether, continuous work since
they have been here; they have been
offered land to farm on the halves—
larAJrwith water, that would produce
abundantly any kind of product; that
in one nsta nee at least they have
been paid twice or three times as much
for work as the same kind of work
had been done for before; that the
Mormon people here have taken
special pains to offer them an op
portunity to help themselves.
As to the benevolent features, we
cite, that one of the young ladies of
the party, gt some time in her life had
the misfortune to lose by accident a
limb; that she today as she always has
since her misfortune, walks by aid of
crutches; that one hundred dollars
donated by the people here, now lies
in the safe with which to purchase an
artificial limb for her, and an enter
tainment tomorrow night will be
given to raise the balance necessary
and that steps have already been
taken to place her in school and keep
her there until she is educated. In
short no man or family goes into a
strange laud who had equal or more
opportunites offered them for helping
themselves. The story is too thin,
altogether, for there is no man or
woman in Mesa that is or would be
allowed to suffer, by either Mormon
or Gentile. As to the living in tents,
a tent is a palace in this climate and
most people at this time of the year
especially live under the trees in the
open air comfortably and scores of
homeseekers here pass months in
tents before building houses. There
lis no hardship about that and living
'i ln a tent here is no indication of pri
In fact, from our observation of the
Mormons of Mesa, from their char
; acter for honesty, generosity, hospi
tality and beievolence, we do not
hesitate to pronounce the whole story
a mythe, a fabrication, an unjust,
uncalled for, unfounded and an un
justifiable reflection upon a people
who have in no way merited it, and
who throughout this territory have an
unimpeachable reputation for honesty,
generosity and good citizenship.
Mrs. W. P. Eaton, the elocutior«
ist, will give an entertainment
at the Social Hall on the evening
of the 20th inst. Miss Mollie
Long will assist with music. Ad
> mission 25 cts; children 15 cts.
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Desirable Country Property
Either patented or unpatenteo
Also Several Desirable Bargains
Correspondence Solicited.
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Office: Main Street, Opposite Post Office ft
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| And see us when you want
Builders Hardware, Mechanics 'Tods
Paints, Oils, or Glass,
Talbot & Hubbard, Phoenix
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-Tobacco ami Liquor Haft Eradicated
. Dr. Ensor’s Vegetable Remedies,
No Minerals forced into the system that will be hurtful te health. The
±L,nßor Remedies are inyigorating Tonics that tone up and cleanse the entibre
system. The greatest blessing yop can bestow upon a friend is to free bin*
from his appetite for strong drink. The cure is Sure, Swift and Safe. \
The Institute in Phoenix is now open, and has graduated men
than thirty patients.
Institute in Gilson Block. Address
A. p, walbridge,
Business Manager.
Fine Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Mesa Wines of all kinds
Send in your orders and get a good pure artidf
for medioal use, bv the bottle or ea#e.

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