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TO TIC GOLD FIELDS FIFTH YEAR Gotting and Getting Rid of Teachers State Superintendent Blair of Illinois gives us a very practical i discussion on this subject which is of great importance at this time of year when we consider that ’’more than ten thousand teachers will be employed within, the next two months to teach in the country schools. While Mr. Blair’s discussion in a general way, it' would be well for us to j consider our own method of get ting and getting rid of teachers. The Arizona^school law provides that the board of trustees of the district. ‘Employ under written contract all employees \>f the school.” So far as getting teachers is concerned this provision of the law is com plied with to the letter in Arizona Trustees take the position that it is none of tbe’superiritendent’s business who they employ and indfcate that they can manage this affair without any of his ad vice or suggestions. If, however the teacher fails, is found to be incompetent, cruel, negligent, or immoral it becomes at once very much the superintendent’s busi ness. He is called upon to straight en things out immediately as the trustees do not care to hart iho teachers i e dings or incur the wrath of her friends. If the trustees are competent to geta teacher without any assistance they ought to show themselves competent to get rid of her with out ar.y assistance. Toe law places tuis important duty upon the directors because they are the proper ones to perform it and not because they aie theonj.v ones in the district, county, or state who a**e concerned in the matter or competent to. judge who is a good teacher. The fact that society is composed of numberless orders and sects makes it safe to say that no two districts are a like no more than two teachers are alike. 1 may add here that Arizona with her new’ State-hood obligations, her foreign element, the lapsing conditions caused by the East moving West and West moving East, her grazing and timber interests, her mining and irrigation projects, make many peculiarly hard problems for the teacher and school officials. The best of city teachers make miser able failures in our knotted and twisted mining camps, while vig orous and uptodate normal grad uates are discouraged at their success in the rural communities. As a result each vear the coun ty is practically emptied of its teachers and a new outfit is in ► stalled by the same plan of secur ing teachers with no hope of ever solving the problem. All we have to do in the Fall s to grtour teachers and all there is left to do in the Spring is to get rid of them. This endless confusion and expense is uncalled for. Teachers are like mechanics and farmers, only the best come to Arizona. This problem can large lv be solved by the use of a little co-operation anb personal touch, on the part of state and county Superintendents.trustees and city principals, and our normal presid ents. The employment of teach ers concerns all of us. Most of the confussion is caused by misfits and independent action on the part of the trustees. The county superintendent, knows his teach ers and the peculiaraities G s the various districts and ought to.be the most competent, person j n tTo county to assist the trustees in getting the ri Tit teacher. At this time of year some forty apiicationsand inquiries pour into the state superintendent's office daily from teachers all over the c«u n’rv. If he has anv reliable! knowledge of their fitness to 1 teach he ought to recommr-d them to the county where, in his judgi ment., thev could do their best' work.. Whenever V trntWs ! and cny superintendent discover! they have a misfit and the teach ;,er is deserving out her experience and ti aining is not an advantage nrfwr anj ait i vniv i Devoted to the Interests of Greenlee County, State of Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico. Sports Still in Duncan The very best horse race of the season is that to take place on May 18, at the Duncan tracks, between Little Skeeter and Can tering Clyde, owned respectively by Dave Williams and Mitch Sand .ers, with Jack McAlister as the man, who arranged the match and Jockey Anderson the rider 0f..., Clyde and some other light weiyht to ride Skeeter. Those \yho’w;apt to see an exciting race i.might)vas well make all arrange ! merits *f/‘go tb that race, for it • surely will be that and more, for i the horses are. swifts, and the purse, S6OO, is enough to make the result interesting. ■ Another Buzz Wagon in Town • Mr. Taylor last week returned from ElPaso, where he went to purchase an automobile, which lie sueceded in doing. He is now the proud owner of a twenty-five horsepower Studebaker; with his usual caution, Jjtr.' Taylor took along with him to the Pass City, a man who was familiar with such contraptions as is an auto mobile. Mr. Collis was the chaff eur from ElPaso to Duncan. Mr. Taylor will soon, in his new pur chase, journey to the Salt River Valley country; it is probable that he will not engage in active bush ness for a year, feeling that he is entitled to a long rest from his many years in the commercial lifeof Duncan. He will probably locate in Phoenix. ev; It. K. Acuff will leave this, •; Wednesday morning, for Phoenix, where he will attend the district conference of the Methodist'church, the conference convening on April 24, and con tinuing until April 27.' Rev. Acuff expects, to remain about two weeks; on the return trip, which will be made by carriage, he will visit at Tempe, Mesa, Roosevelt Dam,. Globe, the Apache reservation, thence on to Dun-an. -Rev. Clay will hold services at the Methodist place of worship while Rev. Acuff is ab sent. Will We Get the Highway There is said to be good grounds for the belief that Duncan will soon be on the main line of the Southern Pacific Railway. We have a heavenly spot, as it is, but the advent of another railway would make of Duncan a place more delightful still. When the Ocean to Ocean Highway once comes through our city, we will be able to witness the beauties of Duncan enjoyed bv many, strangers, who would soon be counted as familiar citizens, for once they saw the advantages of which we are possessed, th.-y, in all probability would never be satisfied until they had secur ed a home in Duncan. Come to Duncan. but rather a disadvantage in their | district, it would not only relieve them but perhaps prove a Pless | ing to the teacher and some other ; districts as well if they would take a little time and pains to place her in some suitable locality The very fact that our state affords such a variety of comunit ies make it all the easier for us to retain the best teachers by us ing a little judgment in placing! them and to get rid of the poor] teachers by telling them that! tne work is too difficult and hard ! and it would be advisable fori them to hunt another field. *J. W. Aker, C°^Y 3upt v .4Gpeerti©e County, * Arizona. DUNCAN, GREENLEE COUNTY, ARIZONA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 1913 THE BIG RACE The races at the Duncan tracks last Sunday were w idely attend ed. Those of our citizens who have a fondness for fast horses and beautiful women must have been deliriously happy, for the ladies, and a great maaiy were there, surely were beautiful, and the horses ran with the speed that brought the applause of the whole crowd. Mr. Worrell’s sorrel was the victor, in the sweep stakes races, over three others entered. Wedding* Beils An important event was the marriage, in the fair. Southern state of Georgia, on April 9th, with Mr. I W. Ellege,of Franklin, and Mrs. Annie Smith as the import ant parties t > the contract. The wedding was a distinct surprise to the many friends, in this sect ion of Mr. Ellege, who states that he went to Georgia with no inten tion of returning to Frankiin with a lady, ldut it is rumored that he went to Georgia with no other purpose in mind. Mrs. Ellege, with her Southern culture, is a graceful acquisition to the social life of Franklin. Congratulation are to the groom, iir his conquest of his fair lady. , The office of the Arizonian was I honored, last Monday, by the! presence of Rev. ,Drs, Watt and ! H. P. Cory. These accomplished j pastors of the Presbyterian faith had just returned . from Clifton, 1 where they attended the annual Presbytery of their church. Dr. i Cory is the pastor of the Presby- ; terian church at Globe, Arizona also the chairman of the Horne Mission Committee of the Pfesbx tery of Southern Ariaona. A large number of Cliton citiz ens passed through* Dun can last) week, on their way to Globe, where they were called to attend a session of court.. Among them were some of the prominent fin anciers and political lights of the? mining town. Clifton is a good town, but Duncan is better. Come to Duncan. Miss Johnston is visiting her sister, Mrs. T. A. Moore this j week. It is probable that Miss j Johnston will remain with her! sister for some time. Miss John ston has been residing in Clifton where she was employed as a I trained nurse in the A. C. Co. hospital. A Happy Union A pleasant surprise to the peo- | pie of Duncan was the arrival in j Duncan of Mrs. P. W. Wilkey. I the citizens being of the opinion * that Mr. Wilkey, who has lately come to our city had not committ ed the ordeal of matrimony. Mr.• Wilkey is congratulated in his conquest; it is not often that mai is favored with such good forture ; as Mr. Wilkey has gained. These I happy young’people are a desir able acquisition to our city. Rev. Reid, state missionary' for the Presbyterian church, and I wno has lately been in attendance at the Presbyterian meeting at Clifton, was a caller at the office 1 of the Arizonian this week. Rev. 1 Reed has often bec>n in Duncan the nature of his work calling him to all parts of the state. A pleasant surprise party was held last night, at the home of i Mrs. Spoon, in honor of the home coming of her daughter Millie, and son Ira, who have been attend ing school at Tempe. ] A large crowd of young people j assembled to engage in laughable I games. B illingsley Sent to Birm- | ingham The meeting at the Bank of Duncan last Thursday night was largely attended. This meeting wits for the purpose of deciding whether the citizens should don ate money fertile porpose of send inp a representative of Duncan to; the Birmingham Good Roads’ convention. The unanimous opin ion of those present was that a de legate should be sent, as Mr. Potter, of Clifton, sent Mr. Bill- j imrsley complete information as j to the objects of the convention. ; Mr, Billingsley was chosen as the I I delegate, and will leave for Birm | ingham, probably Sunday morn- I ing. The citizens could not have chosen a man better fitted to rep resent them than is.Mr, Billing sley. It will indeed be a boon ‘for Duncan, should the Ocean to ‘Ocean Highway come through jour city. Undoubtedly, it would j mean much profit to us, in that ; many supplies would be sold the j travellers . It would also nec-essi ! tale the erection of a large garage, which no doubt, would be kept busy in repairing automobiles. LOCAL AND PERSONAL Mr. Frank Graves is in town, j Fragrant cigars at Spaw’s. Mr. Elliott, of Clifton, was in Duncan Monday. | Robert Parks was in Duncan- Sunday. I)r. Burch, of Clifton, was in Duncan last Sunday. Mr. Sam Foster was in town Thursday. Mr. Fearin, of Franklin, was ,u town Saturday, Mr. Chas. Wight was in town, '-•* m his ranch, last week. Mr. Phillips makes a specialty | of fancy groceries Campbells for ladies and child ren's hats 38tfi Mr. ' W. Lynn, was in Clifton : this week. Mr. J. E. Collis went to Clifton j Monday. Mr. j. K. Chilton was in from j his ranch at Sheldon Friday. Mr. J. V. Parks has returned I from El Paso. Mild summer drinks''at Spaw’s Sam Foster was in town Thurs day from the Day Foster ranch. Mr Geo. Spiller, Jr. and fami ly went to Clifton Monday after noon. Men’s and Boys’ shoes of the highest class at the lowest prices. C. W. Phillips. 38tf Mr. George Cosper returned from Clifton Tuesday, where he transacted business. Toles Cosper was an outgoing passenger on Monday afternoon’s train. Mrs. John Cosper and daught ers went to Safford this week, where they will visit relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Obprholser, with Miss Oberholser visited Capt. Lanneau and lady Sunday night. Mr. Orris Phillips visited at the home of Mr. Cecil Harris last Sunday night. Mr. Parks is making extensive improvements on his ranch hous es. L)r. T. A. Moore has been quite i 1 for the past several days, but is improved at this writing. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dees, a fine daughter. Mr. Dees is better. The summer straw hats worn by Mr. Cecil Harris and Dr. Bril- 1 e.v, are exactly two weeks of age. Wanted to buy: A good milk cow, preferably a Holstein. Apply at this office. Messers J. E. and George Gos per went to Clifton, on business last Friday. Mr. Dodson, who recently pur chased the Day-Foster interests, was in Duncan Sunday. The Duncan Lumber Co. is en larging its field by heavy ship ments to Clifton. » Mrs J. L. Spaw has returned from Clifton, where she visited her parents, Mr, and Mrs. Smith. , Just received, ladies’ and chil drens' Springand Summer Hats. I. F. & M. E. Campbell.B3t Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Cosper re turned from Clifton Monday morning. Mr. Billingsley has seme beauti ful buggies that he might be in duced to sell Men’s and boys’ shoes of the highest class at the lowest prices. G. W. Phillips. 38tf Mrs. Head was a gracious call er at the office of the Arizonian last Friday, /The residence of Mr. Willis has been beautified by a painting that is in harmony with the coming of spring. Mr, and Mrs. J K Chilton, and little daughters, Grace ana Edna of Sheldon, were visitors m Duncan this week. Mrs. Nephew visited friends in Clifton this week. While there she participated in the work of the Rebekah lodge. For Sale-House and two lots in Duncan; orchard and garden; resonable terms. Apply to J. R, Fowler. Miss Aleta Harris is enjoying a. vacation from her duties at the lace counter of the Billingsley store. I am going ouc of business and will sell very cheap for cash 38tf John D. Harrison. Dealer in general merchandise- A well attended dance was held at the Franklin school house Fri day night in honor of the mar riage of Mr. and Mrs. Elledge. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Buck are moving to town from the 0. L 1). ranch in New Mexico. They will occupy the W. M. Cosper residence. Mr. Clark always knows who has just gotten married; not that he performs the ceremony, but that he sells the young house keepers the furniture. Fashion has been through the cool aisles of the Wilkey store, and has left her impress on every thing; there you will find filmy apparel for summer wear. A refreshing rain fell in Dun can Monday nieht, which, was not needed by the farm ers, but will be of benefit to the cattle growers. The last marathon held in Duncan resulted in a victory for George Phillips, over the Duncan racers. Mr. Miner was the re feree. Out- of- town shoppers last Monday; Robert. Montgomery, I B, A. Wilson, M. A. Clouse, F.A jStowell, George Gamble, Mrs. J. ! 0. Pace. Rev, Johnson, of Lordsburg. I arrived in Duncan Saturday. | Rev. Johnson, who is of the Bapt !ist faith, preached at Richmond j Sunday. j The Methodist Ladies Aid j I society served dinner and confect i i ions at the Hobbs Hall last Satur- j day, for the purpose of raising! funds for the building of their new church. Ruth- Handley, of Sher- j man Texas, arrived in Duncan Saturday for a visit to her uncle, Mr, Sanders, and her aunt, Mrs, Cook, It is likely that Miss Hand I ley will remain for several months 1 A EAKMINGVALLtY, A LINING CENTER 44nd WEEK In this issue there appears an article written by Mr Aker, the able superintendent of Greenlee County public schools. It is w Ol thy of tiie closest attention on trie part of every patron. It surely is fine to see the trees out in full leaf, the grass fresh green, and every sprouting thi g growing to beat all records of past performances. Living in worth while anywhere in Spring-time Doubly so in Duncan. A class of vocal music will be organized among the Duncan young people. Rev. Acuff has promised his services as leader. Such an organization is always of distinct value to the cultural life |of a community. | The ladies of the Methodist church served ice cream in Hobbs Hall last Saturday, for the pur pose of enlarging the fund for the erection of the new church. The ladies were quite success ful: they realized about twenty dollars for their efforts. The Presbyterian ladies last Saturday served cakes, and other refreshments at the Billingsley store. Duncan’s men were very liberal with their patronage, with the result that the ladies were well pleased with the day’s re sults. Mrs. Nephew went to Clifton, her girl-hood home, last Saturday. From Clifton she will go to Phenix as a delegate to a conventionof the Rebakah grand lodge. After a short stay there, she will return to Clifton, from which place'she will go to California, to make there her permanent home. Prof. Holder, the efficient principal of Day school, was in town Saturday. Prof. Holder states that h;s school is progress ng nicely. /it the expiration of the school term, he will mo,ve to Duncan, where he will occupy the residence at present occupied by Mr. Packer. Mr. Robinson, who has lately come to the Duncan country, and whose home was formerly in Texas, this week had shipped to this place, from his Texas home, oneol the finest hogs ever admired by the man whose de j light is to see fine stock. Oapt. Lanneau estimates that each and every one of Duncan’s noble shade trees ha; an actual money value, in that ;he beauty thev give our town is such that many p2op!e are irresistably drawn Duncan ward. 1c is pleasant to live among such sur roundings. Mrs. Andy Scott, with her daughter, Miss Scott, and bro ther, Mr. John Scott, arrived in | Duncan last week, for a visit |to her daughter, Mrs. W. W. | Wilkey. They will tarry in Dun can for several days, before re turning to their home in Douglas. They made the journey in an automobile. Mr. Charley Allen will soon leave for Bisbee, where he is interested in a large commercial establishment with Mr. Howard who left Duncan for that place some weeks since. We regret that these fine young men have left us. Rev. Clay delivered an appre ciated sermon at the Presbyterian church last Sunday night. This gentle man is always welcomed by his numerous friends in Dun can. It is hoped that Rev. Clay will soon establish a regular ap pointment in Duncan. To the people of the Valley of the Gila; Should you desire the services of a straight and honest mechanic, one who is a graduate of the piano and organ trade, in tact a factory graduate, where pianos are mad p ( not a music store) and who knows actually his business of repairing and tim ing organs and pianos, call on me at this office for a short time. W F Osborne.