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iLC. NAILS Jan. 15. O ups ai 2-Seatel Waps mil & WILBUR. IM| |||ll martin, 2f« acTlSaf, Phaemix, a T #»' '• i » n. "HR STREET. C. M FKAZIB EET* FRAZIER, LAW ERS, Rooms 7 and 8, Fleui !odc, Phoenix,Arizona. i . ... —1 —— R DR AN R. clan and Surgeon. ,: On** door west of the .y Block. Calls attended a •i. ——————————— u J. W. BAILEY, -mi' a— j,'fifediciies. Chemicals, «CT AnD TOILET ARTICLES JLq ftrn^feeb. Psrfu men, Ite AtttZOXA 4 0. . LOMGMORE, •rsiclan * Surgeon ce at residence, 2 tniles west sa M. W. BRACK. and Surgeon. Office and co at the late residence of . Patterson, Mesa, A. T lilggses of women and Obstetrics iecialtyl . WILLIAMS, a Physician and Surgeon TEND AM CALLS PROMPTLY <tl»«v* li tonn * apecl*lty.JVf | One door North of Bee -4 ‘ re Arizona tt OS. A. P. SHIiWMAN, I 4 SHEWMAN t-Law. Arizona. in \l!tfv t lie Territon lud basinets s specialty. Col «nvle. City A: tome\ * ifi otfi-.*e. rpositions taken anti, for. Blectl . City Lmesa & Livery Stable WmttCTS. Proprietor. mesa free press. For Fresh Groceries Fruit, Tobacco, Cigars end Confectionery go to Fresh Bread every Day. W. B. LANG’S, Passey Block * - - - ------- -V WM. PASSEY, UNDERTAKER. —o— * Undertaker’s supplies. Imp’ted coffins and caskets always on hand Coffins made to order on short notice. Furniture repaired and job work dons at lire and let livq prices. WM PASSEY, No t oor to Mesa City Bank ■ ■—: TTr,:a^ J H. BARNETT, Dealer in Medicines, Chemicals, Paints, Oils, Glass, etc.; Per f utnary, Fancy goods, Stationery, Toilet Articles and Tobacco. Mrs a. Arizona. W. A. BURTON, CONTRACTOR -and- BUILDER. Estimates Furnished on Short Notice. MESA, - Ariz w /vyyvwvvvy y«ivyvy¥vy#vw C ,TY SHAVING PARLOR V. V. Wright, Prop* t3T 3h nvm * Hlrtuitin Sham ,« c ij slag u (■* MESA CITY, ARIZONA, JANUARY I, 1*97. FOOD OF SNAKES. During the last few months some of the gentlemen connected with the Museum of Natural History at Paris have given to the world various interesting results of their observations, says an exchange. The learned professor at the musuem, Leon Viiliant, describes the diet of a serpent more than twenty feet long, which has been on exhibition at the des Plantes since the month of Auguyt, 1885 Up to the end of 1395 this reptile had eaten fifty times. The largest number of times in one year that the snake took food wa3 in 1886, when he ate seven times. Nearly always the food con sisted of the flesh of goats, old and young. Three times, however, the repast was composed of rabbits and once of a goose. The feeding of the serpent, which will eat nothing Out what is alive, offers an uncom mon spectacle, and many persons request to have notice of the times wnen the creature feeds, so as to witness the feeding. Yet the light ning like rapidity with which the reptile seizes its prey produces a powerful impression. Apropos of the volume which can, by means of distension, enter the stomachs of serpents, Prof. Viiliant relates that a French viper was once put in the same cage with a horned viper. As these individuals, although belong ing to a different species, were of the same size, it was supposed that the reptiles would live amicably side by side. Nevertheless, the homed viper during the following night swal lowed his companion in captivity, and in order to accommodate this prey so disproportionate to itself, its body was distended to such a degree that the scales iustead of touching each other a little, as in its normal condition, were separ ated, leaving between the longi tudinal rows of them a space equal to their own breadth. All the same, digestion proceeded regularly and the viper did not appear to have suffered in the least. The case of the cobra that swallowed a brother cobra by mistake at the zoo affords another example of this extraordinary capacity for the ac T commodation of food. A party of capitalists was taken over the projected railroad line be tween here aud Globe, since the adjournment of the Irrigat ion Con gress, by W. A. Kimball, of Mesa. While not going into details as to the feasibility of such a road, they are of the opinion that it will not De long before the move to con struct will take form. It is be lieved that the gentlemen are interested in the Sin Diego propo sition, which was surveyed several years ago along the Gila river and was known „as the San Diego, Phoenix A Globe railway projeet. —Phoenix Republican. The visit to Fioren~e this week of Mr. F. H. Newell, chief of the hydrographic division of the U. S. Geological Survey, portends much for the future advancement of this section. While here he visited the site of the proposed great dam at the Buttes, and expressed himself enthusiastically over the location. He claims it to be the best natural point for a reservoir he had ever seen, and when he returns to Washington will urge an approp riation for commencing the great work. —Tribune. The Los Angeles Times has the following to say regarding the visit of D B.Ribinsonto Arizona: “D. B. Robinson, to whose efforts the building of the Santa IV, Prescott and Phoenix road is largely due, is again in the Territory. His visit is said to have significance in con nection with the extension of the road in question southward. Next to an overland line across Central Arizona from east to west, this road would be the mopt needed and best paying railroad proposition in Arizona. The survey has been long ago made, and the line found easy and practicable, the grades being light and the curves few. The extension includes Phoenix, Florence, Tucson and southward to Oalabasas, where it will connect with the Sonora branch of the San! a Fe system.” Many different answers have been given to the question: ‘‘How high are the greatest ocean waves?” M. Dibos, a marine engineer and iaureale of the Institute of France, has lately made some personal ob servations on this subject. He de - scribes Waves encountered in the North Atlantic which had a height of at least 4 feet. Driven before a heavy wind, waves may advance at the rate of from 35 to 40 miles an hour, and such undulations of the ocean may travel more than 500 miles from tie point where the wind created them without being accompanied by any disturbance in the atmosphere. The railroad news is of the most encou.-Higing character. Ex-Super - intendent Gabel, of the Atlantic <k Pacific, passed over the proposed route between Mesa and Globe last week, and he is suid to have ex pressed himself favorable to the construction of the road. Mr. Gabel represents large Eastern capital which will be invested on his report. The road, if built, will go up Queen creek, and cross the Pinal range by an easy grade into Globe. Mountains seem to have no terrors for railroad builders in these days. —Tribune. That was an interesting defini tion of “the new woman” which was conducted recently by an Eng lish newspaper. The prize went to this saying, “A fresh darn on the original blue stocking.” Among other suggestions were. “3ix of one and half a dozen of the other.” “One who has not yet attained to be a gentleman.” “Man’s newest and best reason for remaining sin gle.” “Manishness minus manli ness,” San Francisco Mining and Sci entific Press says: Arizona has a mining law which will not allow the relocating of claims to avoid assessment work. It compels the locators to do development work. Such a law is a necessity in Cali fornia and it is to be hoped that it will pass the next Legislature. T he Parsees of India have a very strange funeral custom. They ex pose their d r ad to the fowls of the air on the Tower of Silence, at Bombay. It is their opinion that neither the earth nor the water should be desecrated by contaet with a corpse. Th-re is some blessing in being rich and strong and gifted, but there is more in being none of these and yet doing better than they. THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MINE. The United Verde Copper Co., at Terome, has paid out $250,000 in improvements the past year, and about $480,000 to its employes. Lirge additions to its plant will be made the com n* year. Concern ing these the Jerome Mining News says: “The following improvements for next year have been ordered and the foundations for the new buildings have been commenced* A new power house and boiler rooms 192 by 105 feet; 150 feet will be added to the converter and furnace buildings, a new reverbor atory building 105 by 50 feet; new foundry, boiler and blacksmith shops 150 by 65 feet; new shift house and engine room 147 by 36 feet. The plaDs for the new build ings, all of which will be of iron, ate now on the ground and the contracts for the material and their erection have already been let. The new machinery already order ed: One first motion hoisting en gine 20 by 48 inch sylinders; two blowing engines with a free air capacity of 10,000 cubic feet each; 1,000 horse power in boilers; one 60 K. W. electric generator Be sides the above there is much more contemplated but has not yet been ordered. The United Verde com pany have during the year built 22 cottages at a cost of about $15,000, and have paid out on an average $40,000 per month, or during the past year $480,000 in wages to its workmen. It is stated that the acid from the great works at Clifton is commenc ing to make itself visible in the water used on the farms of this valley, says the Graham Guardian, We always understood that the cooper company was very careful to keep the water on- of the river, but of course we have no means of knowing, and we suppose the pres ence of acid is only supposed by anyone. It is claimed that the water will now kill certain plant life that it was never known to do before, and we are told that a test is to be made to ascertaiu the cause. The Sulphur Valley News says: Pete Lofgreen has been for a short time past engaged in drilling a four inch well for his brother, Bishop Lofgrten, in Marquez, the Artesi an well district below St. David on the San Pedro. The pipe was driv en through gravel and sand to a depth of 175 feet* At this depth clay was encountered and the wash ing process resorted to. When a depth of 290 feet had been attain ed the water rose to within twenty feet of the surface and above the water was a layer of oil, • Buckland-on-the-Moor, a se cluded village of Devonshire, Eng land, has no public house, parson, policeman or paupers. The squire owns all the land. Thft farms are small but profitable. The farm la borers live in the squire's cottages. When they fall sick the squire pays their wages as usual and when they are too old to work any more they are continued on the pay list and potter about doing what they please. A poor man with a sunny spirit will get more out of life than a wealthy grumbler. ■■ •" In everything, from praying in public to getting a tooth pulled, self wants to obtain a little distinc tion for itself. T ' Tl Pr°? eYf >' I The Arizona and New Mexico road is cow receiving so much freight that »ts two trains can scarcely handle it. If the bnsines keeps up, and it gives every indi cation of so doing, the road will have to buy new rolling stock and put on more trains. When the new time table is made it probably will be arranged so that a train will leave both Clifton and Lords • burg in the morning, make the round trip and return in the even ing. This will be & great accom modation to the traveling public, especially to the drummers,* and will enable the people of Clifton to get their eastern mail six hours earlier, which will enable to answer it at least a day sooner.—Lords burg Liberal. Necessity is the mother of in vention. Two tramps went into a saloon at East| Oakland, Cal , the other day, and handing a demijohn over*the counter, asked the pro prietor to fill it with good whisky. The saloon-keeper obliged them and was tendered a dollar in re turn.vHe at once refused it. as it was debased. The tramps had no more money, being no alternative the saloon man emptied the whisky back into the cask and the tramps left with thfir demi john. A few minutes later the tramps went into a vacant lot and carefully broke the demijohn. From the pieces theyj delicately lifted out a bath sponge, which was thoroughly soaked with whisky. Electricity is being used for the deadlights of locomotives. It is said that the cost is but little if any more than for oil, and as the light is so much more intense and far-reaching, the chances of col lisions are materially lessened, as it is possible to see the light at a sufficient distance to stop any train going on an average rate of speed. The only wonder is that electricity las nob been applied in this way ::or many years past. ■ ■ ■■■■ » ■» 4 •• Negotiations have been* pending for some time past by a syndicate of wealthy mining men for a trans fer of the valuable Johnson-Fitts claims in Pearce district and has been culminated in the formation of the Gold Oliff Mining Company, capitalized for $1,000,000. -Back ed with with cash and unlimited means, this property is destined to become quite a factor in the min ing world and certainly is one of great importance to Pearce and Cochise county.—Prospector. Mining experts with tan-color ed boots, corduroy clothes, golf cap, pole pick, eye glass, and most ev erything except money, are said to be a familiar sight in our outlying ' districts, says the Prescott Courier. These pretty clothes would be spoil ed if the wetrer went into a mine, so he returns to his hotel in Pres cott or Phoenix and report* that he could find no workings deeper than eight feet. A little girl who was in the hab it of using the word “guess'* in tern perately, was reproved by her teacher. “Don’t say 'guess,* Mary, say presume.” Just then a play mate came up and, feeling Mary’s cloak, said: “My m& is going to ask your ma for the pattern of your cloak.” “My ma ain’t got any pattern,” answered Mary; “She cut irrjtnr presume.” L'. r- r! *" y Ho, 10.