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J ,1 ij Jl Official Paper of Navajo County and te Holbrook Oil Field SINGLE COPIES TEN CENTS HOLBROOK, NAVAJO COUNTY, ARIZONA. April 1, 1921 Vol.:i2, Nj. 59 TTT) TTT 7 TL NEWS NATURAL GAS DEMON- . STRATION CONVINCING ' Widespread comment has been occasioned by the demonstration, during the past week, of a con siderable flow of natural gas from a well on the Henry Scorse ranch, four and a half miles northwest of town. This well is approximately 160 feet deep, casing protruding into a pit some four ( by eighteen feet and covered by water in the pit for a considerable depth. Gas bubbles are constantly rising to the top over the entire surface of the pit. Sometime since Mr. Scorse determined for himself that this gas, if collected, would ignite, and during the past week many have visited the well and observed a demonstration of the collection and burning of this gas. A box some foot and a half square is laid on the water and gas from the constantly burst ing bubbles accumulates within. After a few minutes sufficient has collected so that flame ap plied over a small hole in the top of the box, will ignite the escap ing gas, the blaze extending a considerable distance into the air. ' So readily does this gas ig nite that a match held a little distance from the arpeture will cause the gas to flame. The pressure of the gas must be considerable as it is breaking through into the pit of water, around at a distance from the "pipe. Among those who visited the well during the week were num bered H..B. Frederick, of the Oil Well Supply Co.; Sims Ely, of the Black Canyon Oil Co. ; E. J. Foster and W. F. Williams. The presence of thiá gas is taken as an additional confirma tion of the confident expectation of large oil production in this area. : GOVERNOR'S VETO OF ROAD BILL UNPOPULAR The endeavors of the recent legislative assembly of Arizona - in the way of highway legisla tion were not takén seriously, in their entirety, by Governor Campbell and indications are that the veto of the Navajo county and Holbrook-New Mex ico state line appropriation will follow the lead of Banquo's ghost, and will not down, when the governor's reported senator ial aspirations are converted into a concrete effort to annex the senatorial toga of our Henry F. Ashurst. The claim of "county selfish ness" would seem to be without foundation when the alignment of northern counties in severe condemnation of the goveVnor's action, looks much like a should er to shoulder stand. Travel of the National Old Trails highway, bringing tourists through the northern portion of Arizona can best be stimulated by good road conditions. The volume of this travel is constantly growing and will naturally divert to the sec tions showing the best highway conditions. An army of tour ists each season passing through northern Arizona, aside from the businessnaturally accruing to the communities along the way, af ford absolutely the best medium of advertising that could be pro vided and would be no small fact or in the ultimate building up of northern Arizona, which has a strong appeal in more ways than one. A news item in the El -Paso Herald states travel is being di verted south from Albuquerque, and now comes State Senator W. P. Sims with the statement that the governor's veto of certain portions of the omnibus bill has, in his opinion, made the entire bill illegal. While it is not the intent to create an impression that Gov ernor Campbell did not act in all sincerity of' purpose, still kill ing of legislation of benefit to . northern Arizona, reacting whether purposely intended or not, to the benefit of southern counties, will eventually create an impression that the two sec tions of the state have adverse interests which could best be served, perhaps, in a division of the commonwealth of Arizona into separate northern and southern state. DETERMINES FIELD SHALL HAVE THORO DRILLING -Prospects of the Holbrook oil field ave toda' brighter than they have been since the incep tion of activity. Taken togeth er with the wells now "drilling, with the remarkable showings that have been made in some of them, and the new leases calling for additional wells in the very near future, this will make the exploration of the field a thor ough one, and most likely dem onstrate an immense productiv. area. While delays in operations that have been proceeding since the spudding of the first well, are aggravating and apt'to irritate the one afflicted with chronic impatience, still, they could not have been avoided. The riáis and difficulties of a new field are many and seldom realized by the uninitiated. However, while commercial production has not yet been heralded to the world, yet the efforts of the pioneers, diréctly and indirectly, have re moved, m our opinion, the small est modicum of doubt as to the ultimate result, and this in itself is an accomplishment of no small moment as it- has been responsi ble for the activity now being shown in obtaining leases with a drilling contract provision. With out, doubt the field will , be brought in in less time than has been required to prove the ma jority of fields now producing. Adamana Reports from the Adamana oil well are to the effect that a remarkable showing of oil has been encountered in the last few feet drilled, the extent of which cannot, o'f course, be determined until the water is shut off. The hole has been bridged a few feet from the bottom and casing is being cemented in at the present time. The recent acquisition of the large acreage elsewhere noted in this issue is cause for consider able satisfaction to the stock holders of the company, as the advantages are apparent. Holbrook Work will be resumed at the well of the Holbrook Oil Company the first of the coming week, having been held up account non arrival of equipment ordered nec cessary to resumption of work. More detail of the plans of the company as to continued development will be available within the next few days, Manager Marden having a comprehensive pro gramme of aggresive devel opment both as to Holbrook Qil Company and Aztec pe troleum Company holdings. Black Canyon Manager Ben McCIoskey of the Black Canyon Oil Co. returned . today from a trip to,the Coast, and 'round the circle to Salt Lake and Den ver, at which places he trans acted company "business. He reports that everything "looks better than good." Work at the Co. well - for the past few days has been in cleaning out the hole and getting ready for resumption of drilling. Zuni The crew at the Zuni Oil Co. well are still engaged in casing of the water encoun tered some time ago. This is expected to be accomplish ed within the next week or so. Manager T. i I. Jordan is expected to return tonight after a trip to the southern part of the state where he has been on company business. CONTRACT LET FOR THE WATER AND SEWER The action of the town council , Monday night last, in awarding the contract for water and sewer i systems is the most important land far reaching municipal ac tion ever taken by that body. Specifications prepared, in i which the assistance of Santa re engineers was provided, have been out for some little time be fore prospectivé bidders and the postponement of opening of the bids -from the original time set for this action, revealed in spec ulative expressions the anxioty of the people of Jlolbrook for these improvements. Four bids were submitted and contract awarded to the lowest bidder, the Orman Construction company, of Pueblo, Colo., whose bid for installation of the sys tems was $108,098. This leaves a nice balance from the $135,000 bond issue voted for this pur pose. It is intended, in the first in stance, to drill for water, hav ing an assured supply and defin ite location before any other work is done. A large reservoir of 300,000 gallons capacity will be erected on the bluff -on 'the northern limits of the town pro viding a fall of 200 feet or more. It is expected that work will be commenced within the next ten days and completed within a period of four months. The benefits of an efficient water and sewer system to the community cannot bé overesti mated. No doubt building oper ations will be considerably stim ulated at once. Tourists en route through Holbrook will be more likely to spend a day or two in this locality as, whether based on fact or not, it is a popular supersitition with a great many that shallow well water is un healthy. The council is to be congratu lated on getting this important municipal improvement started. With an imminent era of rapid growth in view no other action in behalf of the town could have been of greater importance, and in fact is but the recognition of an absolute necessity. o ,G00D SHOW The McAlbert Company played to a large audience at the Pastime Theater last evening and afforded a very enjoyable entertainment. The singing is above the av erage of traveling companies appearing here; interpretive dances are interesting and McAlbert amuses and" mys tifies the audience at the same time with his crystal gazing performance. His prediction of oil for Holbrook merely confirmed the popu lar belief. The performance will be repeated tonight and tomorrow night with an en tire change of programme. BISBEE MAN DIES AND LEAVES ONLY 3 WIDOWS BISBEE. A case in which three alleged wives of James J. Curtin, deceased, are claimants for death benefits under a policy of the- Phelps-Dodge Benefit as sociation will be heard in the su perior court at Tombstone April 5. In the case, styled Phelps Dodge Benefit association, vs. Mary J. Curtin, Etta J. Curtin and Mayrne Curtin, the associa tion has inter-pleaded the de fendants, that is, has waived all rights in the matter and deliv ered to the court $1,173.10, to be paid to the claimant which the court may designate. Curtin took out a policy with the benefit as sociation, naming Etta J. Curtin as beneficiary, but before his death changed the beneficiary to Mayme Curtin. Etta J. Curtin claims to be the common law wife of the deceased, while Mayme Curtin actually was mar ried to him shortly before his death. It is understood that Mary J. Curtin was the wife of the deceased when he resided in New York. VOTE ON $750,000 BONDS FOR TUCSON HIGH SCHOOL An election will be held at Tucson April 15 to' decide whether or not bonds shall be issued in the surn of $750,000 for the construction of a new high school. The location of the new school, in case the bonds are voted, is indefinite but with indications that it will either be the block on which the Holliday school is now,located or the block just south of the present high school. What Happened And Will Happen Again. Watch From "Poems in Oil," by Will FerrelJ. N The leae would end at midnight on the twenty-third of May. The lessee, Silas Witherspoon, was thirty miles away. The lessor, Hiram Peterson, had sent a little wire: "You send that rental money, ov your drilling rights expire." Now Siias-didn't woiry much. He'd bought ii at a risk And drilling operations hadn't been fo very brisk And, on the lands adojoining, where they'd drilled for quite a spell, They'd got -a doz?n "dusters" but they hadn't got a well. "It don't look good," said Silas, as he puffed a black Cigar. "Besides, it costs like sixty in these tryin' days o' war. Ten a day to pay the driller while the 'toolie' gets his eight, Fuel and casing, pipe and cable, have advanced aji awful rate. I'll just let 'er go to blazes. She's a worthless lease, at Best. I'll ignore ol' Hiram's message and the law will do the rest." Musing thus 'he sauntered townward in the balmy afternoon, As the golden sunflow'rs nodded to his gaily whistled tune. Lo adown the dusty highway sped a horseman, riding fast, Flung these thrilling words at Silas as his broncho galloped past: "Got a gusher .section thirty range and township so and so 'Phoned to me to order tackle to enchain its mighty flow." On he rede his mustang snorting till the hills hid him from view, While upon the brow of Silas formed a thousand beads of dew. "Section thirty Lord a'mighty so they brought that gusher in On the farm adjoining Hiram I'm a sucker, sure as sin." Then he. wildly grabbed his time-piece all the while he softly swore ; For his Waltham said "three-twenty" and the banks would close at four', And he couldn't wire the money, that was cinched ?-S sure as fate, For the war-clogged Western Union would be fourteen hours late. Then, with spirits swiftly rising, in the one last hope to win, Silas sought the nearest garage and, for once, the boss was in. "Let me have your swiftest motor," was his one intense appeal, "I will buy it when- I get there, for it won't be fit to steal." . Up and down that dazzling roadway, through the flowered Kansas hills, Many speed fiends cut the ozone in a pace that 'sometimes kills,' Yet there's none to break the record of that fateful afternoon "Thirty miles in thirty minutes" made ,by Silás Witherspoon. Barney Oldfield has his records made on "billiard table" track, But he drove a Stutz or Mercer not a wheezy Cadillac Which had run a million meters something more or something less With both rear tires torn to ribbons and a spark plug in distress. Even so, the famous Barney raced for purse and fleeting fame, Silas raced to pay his rental in a million dollar game, And a bank at Eldorado watched the clock hands climb to four, When this argonaut of oildom skidded to their very door. Hiram got his rental money, Silas held his precious right And, of course, the sequel follows: "Made a fortune over night." And he wired the. garage owner who had deemed his patron drunk: "Buy yourself another roadster. This one here ain't fit for junfc." . EXAMINATION'S OVER!! F. I. R. Moore, chief clerk of the Railway Mail service, arrived in Holbrook Monday evening, the occasion of his visit being the examination scheduled for the local post office clerks on what is known as the Arizona general scheme, or the proper distribution of mail for the some 373 offices of the state. The ex amination was held Tuesday and rho clerk." ar :d the ordeal, which has been casting its shad ow before for soma time, has passed. Those taking the exam ination were G. O. Miller, Millie Lee, Loa Cross and D. DeWitt. o DR. MORTON LEAVES The many friends of Dr. W. G. Morton and family will resrret to learn that he will depart the first of the cominsr week to assume the duties of Santa Fe Surgeon at Needles, California. Mrs. Morton and sister, Miss Christenson, will follow with in a few days. The tender of this import ant post to Dr Morton is in dicative of the 'recognition of his high ability in his pro fession. While in Holbrook Dr. and Mrs. Morton and Miss Chris tensón have made many warm friends and they will be missed from the commu nity. o BANK RUSHERS SHAMED WHEN THEY FAIL TO BUST BANKS AT PHOENIX The tip of the tail end of the bank run passed yesterday a little before noon with a slight flicking, and after that all trace of the insanity of the day before vanished, leaving a feeling of greater confidence in Phoenix than had prevailed since the. first rumors of the weakness of some of the small er banks of the city and vicinity were circulated several weeks ago. It was demonstrated to the satisfaction of even the fearful that the banks now doing business are unbreakable. At the hour of opening, The Nation al Bank of Arizona, The Valley Bank, The Phoenix National and The Phoenix Savings Bank and Trust company were quickly filled. The throng was composed in part of a large number of business men who had come to make deposits, in accordance with the spirit of the mass meeting at the Chamber of Commerce the night be fore. But in the crowd were many who had come to continue the run of the afternoon before, and those of the latter class could be distinguished by the shamefacedness with which they entered the doors. Phoenix Republi can. Suggested title for a lecture bv G. K. Chesterton, reputed master of the paradox, now lecturing in America on "The Ignorance of the Educated": The Wetness of Prohibition." THE RIGHT SPIRIT On Sunday next Holbrook will co-operate with the chamber of commerce of Gallup in mending the roads between the two pemts. borne two hundred en- thusisasts from Gallup will be met by fifty or sixty "goodroad ists" from Holbrook, and alto gether they will try and level off a few of the bumps and fill a few of the hollows that try the I springs of the flivvers. Spirit of tnis Kind ii emulated oy Deiiev ers in good roads from Holbrook to the western state line, will do much for the National Old Trails highway. : o HENNESSY "IN THE HONEY" Managing Director- Cook, of the Adamana Co., is in receipt of a wire from "Bill" Hennessy, former manager of the company, stating that he and his associ ates have brought in a 5,000,000 gasser, presumably near Gran ite, Okla., as this is the date line of the message. Mr. Hennessy, -who is well known in Holbrook, where he has many friends and former asso ciates, concludes his telegram with the hope that Holbrook will also proved a "big one" soon. The many friends of Mr. Hen nessy in Holbrook will be glad to know of his good fortune. Other "old-timers" of Holbrook, who are associated with Mr. Hen nessy in his good fortune, are Messrs. H. E. Dodd and Fay Mills. o LADIES GUILD MEET The Ladies' Guild of the Epis copal church met with Mrs. Se- phas Perkins Tuesday alternoon at the Perkins ranch, twelve members being present. An es pecially delectable luncheon was one of the features of a most en joyable afternoon. There will be a business meeting ot the Guild at Guild Hall next Tuesday. Mr. J. W. Brewer, formerly of Needles, was a Holbrook visitor Tuesday last. BULLY FOR HUGHES The many friends of W. H. Hughes, who recently underwent a severe operation at the JVlayo brothers hospital in Rochester, Minn., will be glad to learn that he is getting along nicely after his ordeal, and that he will re turn to Holbrook in the near fu ture. i o "Have you ever been held up by a stage robber?" "Once, when 1 took a chorus girl out to dinner. HOLBROOK NEWS NOTES About baseball body start it. time. Some Attorney W. E. Ferguson went to Navajo Thursday on legal business. Mr. Wallace Newman has been spending the last several aays in Holbrook. rrann jvienne spent severa days of the past week at the Holbrook Oil company well it r i iviessrs. uougnman and Klincke, óf the Adamana field force, were in town Thursday. Attorney W. E. Ferguson ap peared oetore the supreme court at Phoenix last week in the ac tion of Harris vs. Houck. State Game Warden Joseph Prochaska was a visitor to this section of the state the latter part of last week, Attorney C. H. Jordan was in Winslow Tuesday and .Wednes day of this week taking care of legal matters at his office in the railroad city. Kees Bros, have given the in terior of their cafe a new coat of calsomine, which adds greatly to the appearance of this popu lar cafe. The new reduced rate on feed er sheep from Salt River valley to northern Arizona points goes into effect this week. This rate carries a reduction of some 33 per cent over regular rate ob taining. A small blaze in the yard of L, Cadwell Wednesday caused con siderable local excitement. It was extinguished, however, be fore doing great material dam age. Gauged by the smoke it caused, it was some fire. Councilman F 1 a n i g a n has turned the west portion of his residence yard into an honest-to goodness tennis court, tne ap preciation of which is indicated by frequent games indulged in by devotees of the racquet. L. E. Ward, of Oatman, one of the directors of tne Adamana Oil company, was in town Wed nesday, driving to the field, where he inspected operations at the company's well. "Perfectly satisfied," was the manner in which he expressed himself. naipn bampson and wile re turned Tuesday after a sojourn of some time in El Paso, Silver City and other southern cities. Mr. Sampson is impressed with the future of Holbrook and states his ntention of remaining nere permanently. A rumor that five of Hol- brook's matrons would be candi dates for "councilmanic" honors is reported to have started the building of a political fence by a certain member of the sterner sex who aspires to be town clerk in the event of their success. Of course this is merely a rumor. During the week a large sign board was erected on the vacant ot just south of the News office, advertising the advantages of the National Old Trails highway from Holbrook to Gallup. The Gallup Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the board and it is evident intends to offer strong competition to the Springerville- Soccoro route eastward. A persistent rumor, from ap parently authentic sources, is to the effect that the Holbrook State bank will soon re-open under the former management. Confirma tion of this report has not been obtained, but it appears to have considerable basis. Jos. F. Woods, who has been ndisposed for some time, left Wednesday evening for the coast where he will endeavor to regain tiis health. His numerous friends in the community nope to see him return hale and hearty in the near future. Mrs. Morton left Wedesday night for Needles, Calif., where she will be joined by Dr. Morton before returning to Holbrook. D. J. Thomas, cashier of the M. & S. bank, spent the fore part of the week in Phoenix on personal business, returning Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas departed Wednes day evening for Phoenix, being accompanied by their daughter, Miss Rachel, who left the party at Winslow for a stay of several days with friends. Judge homas is expected to return Saturday. 'ADAMANA LEASES PAT ENTED LAND During the past week a new lease of patented land in the Holbrook oil field has given a further stimulus to the confi dence already existing. This lease , has been obtained by the Adamana Oil & Land company and comprises some 5760 acres in township 14, range 20, adjoin ing the property where the well of this company is now being drilled. This land was leased from, and comprises the hold ings of the Aztec Land & Cattle Co., and adjoins the acreage of the Aztec Petroleum Securities company in this township. That the recent flurry in leases of patented land is the natural sequence to the remarkable showings in drilling to date and the confidence engendered by the remarkable endorsement of the field, is an apt conclusion. Reports of leases issued recently by the Aztec Land & Cattle com pany to S. E. Taylor, W. S. Hart and Ince of motion picture fame, were followed closely by the re port of the Adamana lease. Oth er leases have been negotiated, we learn on good authority, and details may be expected shortly. That the interest in this field ex tends from the Atlantic to the Pacific is indicated by the var ious interests which have al ready secured land and taken drilling contracts in this field. BANK CASHIER AT SAFFORD CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT This community was greatly shock ed Saturday morning when the news was given out by the Gila Valley Bank and Trust company, that its lo cal manager, W. P. Lathrop, had ap propriated the bank's funds to the amount of nearly $17,000 to his own uses. Lathrou has been in charge of the local branch of the Gila Valley Bank and Trust company for about- ten years, during which time he had made many friends, who considered him one of themost conservative bankers in the business and a loval man to bis company. Safford Guardian. Fred Purcell, cattleman of Phoenix, was in Holbrook this week and will return to the capitol city on No. 7 to night. Miss Christenson was host ess at a waffle supper last evening, the guests being Miss Allie Cross; A. W. An derson and A. K. Folger. Mrs. Ádolph Schuster ar rived in Holbrook Sunday last and will remain for a short visit. Mrs. Schuster was accompanied by her son Dick, who has been spending a short time ot the coast. J. H. Scorse is about the busiest man x in town these days. With commercial and councilmanic duties he has been busier ' n everything hoeing the lawn and teach ing the sprouts to sprout in his front yard. The high school boys prov ed to be excellent hosts Wed nesday night when they tentered the high school girls a regular, scrumptious "we- nie roast." Mrs. Frank Rees was chaperon. It was voted a very enjoyable event and no dissenting votes. , A dancing party fwill be given this evening by Miss Allie Cross at the Cross re sidence in honor of the birth day of her brother Roy. have been invited and a most enjoyable time is anticipated.- Mrs. Pincetl and children, family of R.M. Pincetl, man ager of the Babbitt Brothers Trading Co. in Holbrook, ar rived from Kingman Wed nesday night, to make their future home in ! IHolbrook. . They have'taken the former Raynolds, residence.