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Official Paper of Navajo County and the JHolbrook Oil Field
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
'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
Here Come s the Forty-Eight
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.

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