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Official Paper of Navajo County and the JHolbrook Oil Field
i SINtiLK COIMKS T11N CKNTS PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD EX- ECUHVE SEES SNAKE DANCE George B. Dixon, vice president of the I'ennsyl vania Railroad System and Alex. Van Rensselaer of the Pennsylvania System are guests of Mr. Schwetze o í Albuquerque, came to Hol brook in a Pennsylvania pri vate car last week to visit tha Moqui Indian Reserva tion and incidentally visited the snake dance on the 25th. This weird and primitive dance brings more notables to our state each year. And we are glad that they come. We have a wonderf ul but un developed state that w e want all America to see that they may understand better why we make such persist ent claims of greatness. o FARM TEÑAN rS IN THE WEST Percentage of increase in farm tenants in Arizona from 1910 to 1920, is 18.1 per cent, against .12.1 per cent for New Mexico; 23 per cent for Colorado; 10.9 per cent for Utah; 9.4 per cent for Nevada; 21.4 per cent for California; 18.8 per cent for Oregon; 18.7 per cent for Washington; 15.9 per cent for Idaho; 11.3 per cent for Montana, and 12.5 per cent for Wyoming. These figures are given for what is commonly called the west. Though the tide of tenancy stands higher today than any other time in American" his tory, there is apparent a very marked falling oif in the rate of increase. THE WILD EAST If the west expects to maintain her reputation of olden days for "wild and wolly" ways, though we don't believe she does, then she must begin looking to her laurels. A new race of James boys and Younger brothers will have to be pro duced, or the west will rind herself so cultured and re - fined, as compared with her sister states east of the Mississippi, that she will henceforch be classed as a section fitted only for mov ing picture people and bath ing beauties. The staging of a thrilling train holdup east of Pitts burgh, as well as the almost weekly assassination of a New York gunman, opens a fertile field for the authors of our Alkali Ike type of lit erature, and shifts the loca tion of such stories a little closer to the homes of those who read and enjoy them. Coupled with such incidents, the daily payroll robbery in the eastern states, and the rapidly increasing number of sure-shooting wives who have been deserted, furnish all the "atmosphere" the producer of dime novels and yellow serials could hope for. But the west has gone to work, and her citizens are content to let their old title to wildness pass to sec tions inhabited by young men who consider a blister on the hand deserving of re proach. Insofar as Holbrook citizans are concerned, we believe they are a unit in agreeing that if the east is satisfied to have a type of citizens who seek to get at the payroll with an automa tic pistol instead of a pick or shovel, then the east is at liberty to go ahead aud fur nish such fellows a place of residence. o A whole lot of us Hol hrnnk fellows are coiner to be right in style when fash ion decrees that men shall wear a heelless sock. LABOR DAY AUTO RACES AT ST. JOHNS One of the bi events schedul p(i for Labor Day. Sept. fth a St. Johns is an automobile race of 50 miles. The entries and ex oected entries guarantee the im jortanca of this race. (jaüuj .vi!! have two cars, a Cadilla inri a Hudson Super-Six; Ho irooit will have one or two en :r;e4. name of cars not ye tnawn: St. Johns will have at least four cars, and Winslow Gmcho and SDrinirerville will nave entries. The raes course is in excellent condition, and is believed to be the best in Northern Arizona therefore, fast time ia assured. Entrance fees and gate re ceipts will be divided among winners as agreed, probably and i. St. Johns usually has larce crowds, and the races are expected to bring out the people from all parts of the country Evervthinir is being done to make the event a decided sue cess. It 13 expected that match races will also be run. Information will promptly be given by W. B. Parks, St. Johns, L.M. Smyers. Gallup, New Mex and Chas. Jennings, Hoi brock. o THE JILTED GIRL It's hard to determine whether the Chicago girl who shot and killed the fourth man who had jilted her is to be commended or condemned. We can only believe that there is a point where Datience ceases to be a virtue, and that she reach ed that noint. Insolar as the male sex is concerned, being jilted creates a wound which very quickly neaies. More than one Hoi brook man knows that from personal exoerience. But with a girl it is different. A jilted girl carries a scar. She can't be lieve, once she is jilted, that "there are other good fish in the sea." It is easy for a man to mope around a couple of days, and then start courting a girl w h o soon makes him forget the oíd love. With a girl, she may una a new Deau, uui she never entirely forgets the first one. But, returning -i . i i i. to the case of the Chicago i?irl. it does sesm strange that a young lady attractive enough to become engaged four times should not b e charming enough to hold at least one of her lovers. KEEP, YOUR SIGN UP Robinson Crusoe was one of the most persistent adver tisers in the history of suc cess. He knew what h c wanted a ship and h e put up an ad for one. He flung a shirt on a pole at the top of the island, and that was an advertisement in the language of the sea. The circulation was small there was no other medium but Crusoe kept at it despite the fact that he got no inquiries for a long time. He changed his copy as one garment after another was worn out and in the end he got what he wanted. Suppose Crusoe had taken down that sign after a time and declared "Advertising doesn't pay." Where would he and his story be now yu up your sign Mr. Holbrook merchant and keep it there. Crusoe advertised under very discouraging circum stances, but you've got a sure thing. It is only neces sary to have the patience, persistence and pluck o f Robinson Crusoe and the good ship "Better Business" will soon be tied up at your pier. o Live and let live nowaday means that the let live class has to scramble for its share or starve to death. W Duck!! m " i r I I A PRIVATE HOUSECLEANLNG All financial newspapers in tne country ana many other publications recentlv ran a storv tellinsr how Henry Ford solved the diffi culties of the Ford Motor Company in its readjustment rom a war to a peace basis In brief, Mr. Ford d i d what every good business man has been doing. 11 e cut down his inventories by using up all material on hand reduced his prices and dis tributed his product to his various agents. He pushed his collections, both foreign and domestic, sold what Lib erty Bonds were necessary, and reduced his obligations to a minimum. "Then," says Mr. Ford, 'We went through the offices and cut out a lot of obs created during the war. I Ve literally took out and old a train load of desks. We told the men who occu pied these desks that back tne shop there were many good jobs at good pay, if they wanted them. Most of 1 them did. We cut the office forces from 1,074 persons to 528. Telephone extensions were cut about sixty per cent. Interesting but use less statistical systems were abolished. 'We went through the shops the same way. Dur ing the war we had a fore man for about every 'three lo five men. Too many fore men sat at desks looking on. We sold all the desks and put most oí the former coreman working. We now have a foreman for about every twenty men. Every body and everything not pro ducing was put in a position where it could produce, or was eliminated. "Our difficulties were like those of every other great plant, a heritage of the war. We knew as the country set tled back to peace conditions iome stern readjustments would be necessary." Compare the house clean ing in the Ford plant to the helpless position of the rail roads which are still bound by the heritage of war regu lations and working condi tions but are helpless t o make needed changes due to oolitical supervision under which they operate. . Think what a blessing it would be to the people o f this nation if a house clean ing such as Ford gave his plant, could be given to the various branches of our na tional government and weed out the dead timber and use less jobs which will be a hangover from the war and HOLBROOK. NAVAJO COUNTY. ARIZONA Here Come s the Forty-Eight ELECTRIFIED GRAIN That science isn't loafing on the job as far as agricul ture is concérned is evidence by reports from Alberta, where grain growers have been watching for several months the result of experi ment with "electrified seed" According to latest reports the harvest from seed treat ed by this new discovery promises to be of sufficient proportions to attract im mediate interest of farmers in all sections of the United btates, ana we teel sure rural residents in the neigh borhood of Loibrook will want to learn all they can a bout the subject. The process consists in placing the seed in a bath containing metallic salt, such as calcium or sodium chlo ride, and weak electrifying the liquid. After the elec tric current has played over the grain to be planted a cer tain fixed time, the solution is drained off and the seed dried. The object of the salt, it is said, is not only to decrease the resistance of the seed coat but to maintain conductivity during the germination. Calcium and sodium chloride in the correct proportions, it is de clared, stimulate growth and give strength to the new roots. The new process has cre ated wide-spread interest among farmers of southwest Canada, and many of the largest wheat growers of that section have sowed hun. dreds of acres this last year with electrified seed. They claim the result is wonder ful, and that equal success could be had in sowing corn or other grain so treated. a burden to the taxpayers for years to come. Politics and business do not mix. If the Ford plant was under political supervi sion the price of Ford cars would be double or treble their present cost. Some speed fiends can go pretty fast, but every Hol brook man knows that a broken $10 bill can go faster. Another very cheap way to take a vacation is to put on a bathing suit and have your picture made at home. Just from reading the newspapers a fellow would concludethatit's pretty hard to fire a gun in Mexico with out hitting a chief. August 26. 1921 Petrificadas ftofe Book The high board fences, va cant houses and bill boards here in Holt are all covered with flaming posters an nouncing the fact that Calif ornia will celebrate Admis sion Day in Stockton Sept. 9th. Although it has not ever been definitely settled just what they admitted,un less it was the fact that they thought every other state was inferior to their own. I have forgotten what their state motto is in Latin but I think that De gus ti-bus non est dis pu tan dum would be a good substitute. In addi tion to the printed matter, these posters have the pic tures of bears all over them which gives them the ap pearance of a a one ring cir cus postor. While in Arizona we often wondered why the fore fathers (or were there five of them) of California, should ever choose the bear as a symbol of their beloyed California. The bear is very clumsy, not very fleet o f foot (I think I could out run one) He surly, is not hand some in the face, and he is" so awfully fond of hugging he is not fit to be around where the women folks are. So the only reason I am able to discover for the motto is that everybody here seems to be as cross as a bear be cause they are not living in Northern Arizona. Our hired girl is constant ly receiving letters from her third cousin in Arizona, which relate in terms of great agony a .description of the floods in that state, the let ter stating that Gallup, Bibo and Flagstaff were all under water. I hardly think they have cause to be alarmed a bout what little water could crowd in between the banks of the Rio Puerco. I was looking out west from the Golden Gate at San Fran cisco the other day and saw more water than the Rio Puerco and Carrizo wash would hold put together; and there were great swarms of people around everywhere and no one seemed to be a larmed. A Chinese neighbor o f ours by the name of Gee-Jen Sen is complaining bitterly about the chaff off of the wild oats getting in his chickens eyes. This old chop stick juggler should have thought of that when he was sowing his wild oats. And besides there is no law i n California compelling him to acquire and keep a "Chicken." HOLBROOK OIL CO. SEEMS CER TAIN TO WIN! Good news from the Holbrook Oil Co a well should be gratify ing to all. It now seems almost an assured fact that water has been shut off in the well, a thine that has caused so many weeks of speculation. The bailer has been working for sometime and the water has been going down constantly, giving the best evi dence possible that the result the company has. been after is on the brink of realization. Fred Cram, Sec'y. of the Company is in an optimistic frame of mind. This is the best piece of oi news that has come out of the field in what seems like an age. The Holbrook people have an ex cellent hole, well drilled, straight and eight inches at the bottom. Their depth is approximately 2600 ft. They have a fine stand ard rig that will easely go 4000 ft., if need be. Indications are so good for oi in paying quantities in this we that we should feel that at last we are on top of prsduction-and production that will blazon us to the world of oil and oil finance, Production in the field, es pecially where the Holbrook well is located. will make valu able every inch of oil leased and in part of the field. 5 as wel as proving up the field. mr. Kjt. Martinez, a near neighbor of ours, has com pletely cured himself of in digestion by taking t h -.itery Digest once a week or six months. During our sojourn in Ariz ona a very near and dear neighbor of ours upon learn ing of our intention or emi grating to California and settling among the Hindus, exacted a solemn promise from us to aquaint him with the tenets and dogmas o f the Hindu religion. The Teja Singh of whom I made inquires in regard to this re ligion requested that I should send his replies to the News in order that every one might know of this beauti ful religion of the Orient. I will now attempt to give the readers of the News a few facts about this most ancient religion, I asked the singh as to the antiquity of his reli gion. He said it was at the very zenith of force and power when our Adam was just entering his third grade (Not Adam Hana) Thesingh stated further no Hindu was allowed more than two wives in India, (and none in Ameri ca) None of the men are al lowed to shave or shingle their hair, and all of the men folks must arise at four o'clock in the morning and take a cold bath, after which they must sit on a bench wrapped only thought, and repeat the following suppli cation with the tip of the tongue, keeping the lips clos ed: Wah-Guru--Wah-Guru-Wah-Guru, carry the sylable Wah with each inhalation of the breath and bring the 3ylable Guru with each ex halation of the breath, this will enable the disciple to get in rythmic accord with the great Jodh Guru Nanak, which we suppose is very much to be desired. For further information Address Pacific Coast Khalsa: Diwan Society, 1930-76 Grant Street, Stockton, California. A card will do. W. O Morgan Our sympathy goes out to the Holbrook man who starts with his wife for an auto ride, erets nine miles in the country, runs into a rain storm and then has to admit that he didn't put the win dows down. Vol. 13, No. 19 BIG ADVERTISING MAN SEES PRIMITIVE DANCE J. W. Young of Chicago, vice president of the J. Wal ter Thompson Advertising Company of New York City, stopped in Holbrook for a day before continuing on to Keams Canyon. Mr. Young is the guest of Mr. JosepE Schmedding and witnessed the snake dance on the 25th. He will take in other points of interests i n Northern Arizona before returning to Chicago. He is very favor ably impressed with both New Mexico and Arizona. LITTLE COLORADO AGAIN SASSY The Little Colorado river be gan a steady rise Saturday last, due to heavy rains all over thi section of the state and extend ing east. Unusually heavy rain have been falling along the Little Colorado and its tributaries, as well. Property along the river is be ing threatened. A part of Judge Crosby's town property is in im minent danger of slipping int. the river, because of the inroads the rushing waters are making in the north banks adjacent ta the property. The Judge worked hard Sunday in an effort to pre vent the water from cutting a way more of his land. It would be an excellent idea to have sufficient '"rip-rap" con structed to better protect the banks on the north side and on the south, if necessary. How ever, the damage being done and likely to be done is on the north "de. The river has been widen ing for quite some time and it seems opportune zor something to be done to protect the property along its course in lo! brook. And it is only a question of time until two spans will have to be added to the traf fic bridge. The Apache Railroad Company have found it necessary to do a ot of of new work on their rail way crossing bridge just below the traffic bridge. o ADAMANA WILL CASE OFF WATER The Adamana Oil and Land Company will shortly introduce heavy 5 5-8 inch casing into Ada mana No. 1; this thought to be the proper thing to do. Other and cheaper methods have been tried, chief among them being the swaging method. The eas ing bulged in at the 1800 ft line quite some time ago, and stenu ou3 efforts were made to swage out the bulge. However, resulta were deemed not sufficiently satisfactory. Every effort was and is being made to save this splendid well. Some criticism.has been directed by outsiders toward the manage ment for taking such pains to shut off the water, the criticisers thinking it would be much cheaper to start a new hole. The Adamana people know what they are doing-and knew what they have already, sufficient at least to cause them to bend every effort to save what they knew they now have. The Adamana people are hold ing their own against the water, and with the introduction of new and heavy casing will be able to prove that their expenditure of r.im3 and money was based on fore-sight and good judgement. SNAKE DANCE EVEN GREATER THIS YEAR Those who saw the Moqui Indian snake dance this year claim it to be even greater than any former dance. The dance ' claimed i t s usual large attendance o f Arizona people, and an even greater outside attendance this year than in many years. Everything moved off nicely and seekers after the real and natural were given a splendid exhibition of this primitive dance, which is of nation wide interest.