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DUNCAN, the GATE-WAY
TO THE GOLD FIELDS FOURTH YEAR Canal Improvements The Model Canal Company is doing more permanent improve ment this year in the way of flumes. The Company will put in four metal flumes under the big wash es which heretofore have given much trouble after each heavy rain. These, of course, are ex pensive but to repair the ditch after each washout was also ex pensive and the loss of water to the crops during the time of re pairs, was many times, more than the value of the repair work; and this was happening often, now once fixed it will be a great saving to the farmers. Working 100 Men The latest reports from Apache Box are to the effect that 100 men are now at work, and working dc üble on the famous ‘ ’gold mountain. ’ ’ Duncan being the gateway tb the gold fields causes our citizens to be much interested in the pro gress of the work and success of the mines.„ The road built by a public subscription is said, by those who have been over it. to be a very good one and has un doubtedly been the cause of bringing much of the travel bv the way of Duncan. It is said that we will soon have telephone connection with the ‘ ‘Box” there by putting us in instant communi cation with the movements made there. Harmon Loses and Wilson Gains Washington, D. C., April 1— “Mayor Newton Baker of Cleave iand known notionally and politi cally as heir to Tom Johnson, has repudiated the candidacy of Gov ernor Harmon and declared for the nomination of Wilson. Mayor Baker is a member of the Ohio State Central Committee. He has signed the Wilson petition for ft state wide presidential primary, and announced his candidacy as a Wilson delegate. The bolt of Mayor Baker oensidered in Ohio one of the hardest blows Harm on’s candidacy has received in the governor’s home state.” April Fooled 23 of Duncan’s school boys and girls took a “hookey” notion last Monday, (April Ist) and hied themselves to a safe hiding place where man nor sheriff could find them. Prof. Dykes turned out a little earlier than usual and about 3:30 the April crowed gathered at his home and “gave up,” saying “We’re the hookey crowd.” The good natured Professor with one of Roosevelt’s deelight-ted’s dis missed the youngsters and all parted in a happy mood feeling that April Ist, 1912 would be more than just an ordinary day. They will now, perhaps, petition the legislature to make the an nual anniversary of this event a legal holiday. “23”—Skidoo. 700,000 Men Affected By Strike in the Coal Field Chicago, April I. Forty thous and miners in Illinois are idle to day as the result of the expira tion of the wage scale agreement at midnight Sunday. Approxima tely 400,-000 men are directely affected throughout the country and some 300,000 more, scattered throughout the coal districts of the country are watching the out come of the ‘suspension’ for its possible effect on their own wages. The operators say the stock of coal at the mines and the yards of dealers will not last more than two weeks, and notes, warning consumers to be as economical as possible, were today sent every city in the state. DUNCAN ARIZONIAN. Devoted to the Interests of Greenlee County, State of Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico. A Recommendation The Corporation Commission of Arizona respectfully asks its Honorable Senators and Repre sentative in Congress to support the Simms Bill, now pending in the House, or any other effect ive measure looking to abolition of the Commerce Court. We would also suggest that an amend ment to the Interstate Commerce Act, making decisions of the In terstate Commerce Commission reviewable only by the Supreme Court, would ftend to expedite the adjudication of traffic and transportation controversies. We are of the opinion that ear ly action will be welcomed by the several states, which will pro vide that cases arising under corporation commission, railroad commission and public service laws shall take precedence over other civil cases in Federal Courts. Jurisdiction of the Commerce Court is confined wholly to ap peals from decisions of the Inter state Commerce Commission. The Commission properly appeals its,, reversals to the Supreme Court. The Commerce Court thus un necessarily delays settlements, such delays being against the common good. We respectfully invite your at tention to the last annual report of the Interstate Commerce Commission, reviewing the work of that body; The first session of the Commerce Court was held February 15, 1911. There were transferred from various Circuit Courts to the Commerce Court upon its organization, thirty-six cases, and there have been filed with the Commerce Court twenty one cases. Os the total number, fifty-four concerned orders of the Commission. Os these fifty-four cases, one was brought by the Comrhission to enforce its order; nine were brought by shippers, claiming that the orders of the Commission did not grant proper and lawful relief; and forty-four were brought by carriers to en join the Commission’s orders. It will be seen by the report of the Commission that many cases of vital interest to Arizona and the West, decided by the Commission in favor of the shippers, have been enjoined or reversed by the Commerce Court and by the Commission appealed to the Su preme Court. Among these cases is the Inter-mountain Commodity Rate Case the Maricopa County Commercial Club, Complainant; the Los Angeles-San Francisco Switching Charge Case, of di rect and material interest to the snippers of Tucson, who are sub jected to an arbitrary switching charge ami who have a case be fore the Interstate Commerce Commission; the Los Angeles Lemon Rate Case, of interest to the citrus belts of Arizona, and others where the principles in volved are generally of interest. The more important cases revers ed or enjoined by the Commerce Court have been appealed to the Supreme Court; and, without ex pressing any opinion as to the merits of the different orders and opinions expressed by the Court and Commission, we be lieve the Commerce Court is an unnecessory tribunal, being, in effect a second commission; that decisions of the Commission should be carried direct to the Supreme Court and there take precedence over other civil cases, i It will be noted in Section Three of the Act to create the Commerce Court, that the pen dency of suits brought to enjoin, set aside, annul or suspend any ■ order of the Interstate Commerce Commission shall not of itself stay or suspend the operation of any order of the Commission, but DUNCAN, GREENLEE COUNTY, ARIZONA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 1912 the Commerce Court, in its dis cretion, may restrain or suspend the operation of the Commis sion’s order, pending final deter mination. A review of the work of the Court shows that said Court has used its discretion very broadly in favor of the car riers in suspending orders of the Commission, thus defying the shippers the benefit of the ap peal. If carriers accomplished nothing else except delays, it follows that they profit largely through delays and this encour ages unnecessary litigation. In our opinion, orders of the Commission should become ef fective and remain in effect until final determination is made by the Supreme Court. This will discourage' appeals merely that the appellants may continue to receive rates and charges in ex cess of what have been deemed reasonable rates and charges by the Interstate Commerce Com mission. Respectfully submitted, W. P. GEARY, A. W. COLE, F. A. JONES. Arizona Corporation Commission. Phoenix, Arizona, March 26,1912. Carload of Furniture Monday a carload of Furniture was unloaded for E. W. Taylor’s big department store. This is the first full carload ever brought to the Duncan val ley which goes to show that busi ness in the valley is growing, and especially at Mr. Taylor’s place if business; a remarkable thing about it is that ten pieces of furniture were sold during the unloading of the car. Just think! A carload of fur niture shipped to a point where only a few years ago there was no dealer who handled furniture at all. Mr. Taylor is the pioneer in the furniture business and you should call at his store and see what the furniture 'department looks like. Kartchner Farewell Last Friday night a “farewell” was given to Culver Kartchner at Franklin in honor of his de parture for Salt Lake City from which place he starts on a two year mission in the Southern states. Quite a large crowd was present, talks were made by Bishop Na tions and Elder Merrill. Danc ing was a feature of the occasion and at midnight sumptuous supper was spread and a royal feast enjoyed by all present. Mr. Kartchner leaves with the best wishes of his neighbors and friends. Four New U. S. Senators Last Wednesday the Arizona legislature elected Hon. Henry Ashurst and Hon. Mark Smith to the United States senate within a few minutes and they both made speeches, Mr. Ashurst speaking at length and removing all doubt as to his progressive ness. They left that night for Washington to assume senatorial duties. On Thursday the New Mexico legislature succeeded in coming to an agreement, after several weeks, and elected Hon. A. B. Fall and Hon. Thomas B. Cattron to the senate. Judge Fall was formerly a law partner of Judge Hampton’s with offices at El Paso and Clifton. Arizona’s senators are Demo crats while New Mexico’s are Re publican they reached Whashing ton about the same time, drew lots for the long and short terms and were sworn in yesterday. Women Pay Tribute to Pri son Reform Move of Gov ernor Governor Hunt has called forth a slendid tribute from the good women of the state in his treat ment of the Arizona convicts. Be lieving that many of the men de tained to work out their repara tion for the law’s infraction are not men devoid of all principle or honor, he has instituted some prison reforms already within the short time that he has occupied the executive chair. This has so gripped the hearts of the members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union o*f Maricopa county that in a joint meeting of the branch unions of Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix, that they passed a set of ringing reso lutions of appreciation and ap proval. The only objection the the good women have is that the governor allows the covict team to play baseball on Sunday. The foiling lettler, with the ac companying resolutions, was transmitted to Governor Hunt a few days ago by the superin tendentof the temperance union’s prison reform work in Arizona. They speak for themselves and are therefore published in full: Mesa, Ariz.. March 18, 1912. Hon. George W. P. Hunt, Gov ernor of Arizona, Phoenix, Ariz. Dear sir: The enclosed resolu tions were adopted in joint ses sion of the Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix unions of the W. C. T. U. and they explain themselves. We do not care to burden your mail for we know that you are more than a busy man, but we do desire to let you know that we are with you and have so ex pressed ourselves with the hope that it may encourage you in the good work that you are doing. “God bless you,” is the prayer of every member of the W. C. T. U. Sincerly yours, MRS. CORA S. GAGE, Superintendent Jail and Prison Work. The Resolutions Whereas, the Honorable George W. P. Hunt, governor of Arizona hes announced his intention of abolishing all baric an inhuman' methods in dealing with the pri soners confined in our state peni tentiary; and. Whereas, we believe that Gov ernor Hunt is sincere, and is making an honest effort to uplift and restore to manhood and good citizenship the unforunates now confined in said prison: be it. Resolved, by the Women’s Christian Temperance Unions of Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix, in joint body assembled, that we heartily approve the efforts of of the governor to reform, as well as punish, those who have brok en the laws of the state, and, with the exception of Sunday base ball, we believe the endeavors of the governor to be in harmony with the best Christian thought and practice of civilized society. Resolved, that the secretary of this meeting be instructed to transmit a copy of these resolu tions to Governor Hunt, with the clipping from the Union Signal attached, and to each of the Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix, newspapers, a copy of the above resolution. MRS. CORA S. GAGE, Superintendent Jail and Prison Work. In Tucson J. Wiley Aker, superintendent of county schools for Greenlee county, who has been in Phoenix for the past week or so on busi ness connected with school mat ters, has gone to Tucson to attend the meeting of superintendents and teachers being held at the university of Arizona.- Gazette. APACHE BOX GOLD STRIKE By Ex-Sheriff Anderson A. A. Anderson, former sheriff of Graham and Greenlee County, but now of San Diego, California, was in Duncan last week and made a trip to Apache Box gold mine. Mr. Anderson, in talking to an Arizonian reporter, said that the Gold in Apache Box was one of the marvels of the world. He compared it to the farmer who went to the circus and after stop ing to closely scrutinize that cam el said, “There aint no such a thing.” He said that after one sees the great mountain of gold, actually sees the gold, in the rocks, examines it looks at the big mountain of it six hundred feet high or more (and measure ments show that it is much more) and walks away he feels like say ing, ‘ There aint no such a moun tain of gold.” He says there are men there, from time to time, from various parts of the United States pre sumably to expert the property for their respective companies, but that you cannot learn very much from them—one must de pend upon his own eyes and that is enough to convince any man who ever saw gold in a rock. Humane Treatment Arizona State Prison, March 26, 1912—Editor “Duncan Ari zonian” Duncan, Arizona. Dear Sir:— Governor Hunt has in augurated a system of humane and Christian treatment for the inmates of the Arizona State Prison. We desire the co-opera tion of all persons engaged in the great work of uplifting hu manity. Can we enlist you in this great humanitarian move ment? When a convict is released up on parole or has served his time, the kindly word and good advice will greatly help to keep him on the right path. It will he our aim to raise the ideals of the con victs entrusted to our charge, so that, when they are released from here, they will face the world with greater hopes than ever they knew before. Trusting that you will be able to assist us, if ever we call upon you to do so in your community, we have the honor to be, Your very willing servants, Superintendent, R. B. SIMS Parole Clerk, J. J. SANDERS. Don’t you wish you Were Pinto? Or Could be Worthy Dining With Him? Palm Beach, Fla., March 30. — To liven up the waning winter season, Mrs. Reginald Vander bilt, of New York and Newport, hit upon the hapdy expedient of giving a lunchon in honor of her prize French bullthrrier. The luncheon was given in a restau rant, and the dog sat at the head of the table in an arm chair and cushion underneath. The dog, Pinto, was waited on by a regular waiter, and his part of the dinner consisted of some strawberries and cream and a pot of tea. Mrs. Vandebilt received the congratulations of the member of the party over her very clever idea, and Pinto, in Keeping with his social position, exhibited the j most dainty of table manners. A FARMING VALLEY A MINING CENTER 41st WEEK Senator Taylor Dead Death Followed Operation for Gall Stones Washington, March 31.—Rob ert Love Taylor, senior United States senator from Tennessee — “Fiddling Bcb” to all the south —died here today, unable to with stand the shock of an operation for gall stones performed last Thursday. Better Roads First Special Post Office Inspector, Marshall? was in town last week for the purpose of going over the proposed Rural mail Route. It was the opinion of the In spector that no mail route would be established until the valley made roads that the department would recognize. Mr. Marshall went over the proposed route with Postmaster Watters, who has been working for years on this convenience for the people, but frankly said he could not recognize present roads as mail routes. GRIEF TURNS TQ JOY AT BABY'S FUNERAL Little One Thought Dead is Dis covered to be Alive Duluth, Minn., Mar. 28.—After being prepard for burial and ap parently dead for two days, the year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Maholleoheh, who live near Black Duck, was discovered to be alive as the burial services were being held. Three days ago the child fell in a bucket of wat er and was nearly drowned. It was noticed -at the grave that moisture had gathered on the > glass of the coffin, and the body was removed. By the use of sti mulants the child was resuscita ted. AN AWFUL CRIME Steps Should be Taken for Its Prevention in Future The Guardian has stood for a number of things that did not look exactly right, although we were not able to prove that they were Wrong, therefore, said no thing. The limit of our patience has been reached and we propose now to come out in the open. Out of our fifteen hundred sub scribers seven paid ud last week. If this occurs again we will either have to go out of business or start a daily paper. We think the present legisla ture should pass a law against’ more than four subscribers pay ing during any week. —Safford Guardian. Huge Mortgage Record in Phoenix The biggest mortgage ever re corded in Arizona was filed in the office of County Recorder, Vaughr. It is for $50,000,000, and is given by the Atchison, Topeka and- Santa Fe and California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway Companies in favor of the Gua ranty Trust Company, a New York corporation. This Mortgage secures $50,000,000 worth of bonds to be issued by the railway companies. The bonds will bear six per cent interest and -will maty re March 1,1962. It cost L. H. Chalmers, who repreented the Santa Fe people, $76.45 to record the mortgage. This is the largest fee ever paid jn Arizona for recording a single instrument. The mortage is print ed in pamphlet form and contains 37,000 words.