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TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 1887.
THE PERALTA CLAIM.
Array of Publio Men Who Aro In
terested in tho Scheme.
Opinions That It Is Bolstered Up by
(San Francisco E inline-. )
No scheme of modern limes has been
supported by such an array of eminent
public men, and no undertaking lias had
such a vast amount of capital centralized
for its success as presented in the syndi
cate formed for the purpose of securing
possession of the Peralta land grant of
Arizona. The vesting of the title in the
corporation means the loss to the Gov
ernment of the Pima and Maricopa and
White Mountain Indian reservations,
'containing over two million acres of land
and valued at many millions of dollars.
It means the dispossession of thousands
of settlers who have bought the land
from the Government and erected homes
As the investigation proceeds it be
comes a matttr of wonder that a ques
tion in which the public has such a vital
interest should so long have been kept
suppressed. Mr. Henry S, Sanders,
Secretary of the Bankers' and Merchants
Mutual Life Association, was interviewed
by an Examiner reporter yesterday. In
answer to an inquiry he said:
"I have been looking up the grant my
self in a small way. '1 he first knowl
edge I had regarding the formation ol
this present syndicate! received from
my friend John Hise. Surveyor Genera
of Arizona. In his letter he informed me
that articles of incorporation of the Casn
Grande Land and Irrigation Company
had been recorded in the office of the
Recorder of Florence, Pinal county, Ari
zona, on the 17th day of May, 1887. He
asked me to call upon the people whose
names appeared in the corporation docu
ments for information. I did as he re
quested, but have been unable to obtain
anything of interest."
VERY VALUABLE PROPERTY.
"Have you ever visited the property,
Mr. Sanders?" asked the reporter.
"Well, yes, I have land interests in Ari
zona, and have spent considerable time.
in the Territory. I have traveled through
the Peralta grant and 1 pronounce it the
most valu ible piece of property of its ex
tent that could be selected in Arizona.
"In the vicinity of Phenix a few years
ago land could be bought for $2.50 an
.acre which now sells for between $23 and
"The grant must at one time have been
the home of the Aztecs. The crumbled
ruins of the old cities now totally destroy
ed show that the property was in time
long past settled by this extinct race.
"The old irrigation ditches and dikes
.may be easily traced by the furrows yet
plainly discernible upon the surface ol
land, and shows that long before the ad
vent of its present proprietors, it produc
ed grain and fruit for the now departed
BIG MEN INTERESTED .
"You have just reached the part of
that story which is interesting," remark
ed a gentleman yesterday who is thor
oughly conversant with the plans and in
tentions of the syndicate.
Before this thing is over you will find
members of Congress, United States Sen
ators and Kings and Viceroys of foreign
"The value ol the property is so great
(over $100,000,000, I think, and rapidly
increasing) that the syndicate will never
relinquish their efforts as long as they
have a chance of success. They will bol
ster it up with a mass of what I think is
manufactured testimony, a great deal of
which has been obtained from European
rowers,Jtending to prove the genuineness
cf the grant. The expose given in the
Examiner has caused the management
of the great scheme a great deal of un
uneasiness. If you had held off about
two weeks, they would have had all their
details completed and would have laugh
ed in their sleeves; but the publication of
the facts disarranges all their plan;, and
is to them a very serious affair.
Many of the most promising and
flourishing towns of Arizona are within
""" lire-confines of the grant.
WHOLE TOWNS INVOLVED.
On the western boundary, and near the
southern corner, Maricopa is situated,
the point where the railroad enters.
Stannard another railroad town lies in
the southwestern corner.
Phenix, probably the most flourishing
town in Arizona to-day, is in the western
part, while the lively town ofj Globe is
situated in the centre and toward the
Among other cities and towns embrac
ed in the grant are Tempe, Hayden,
Maryville, Sweetwater, Casa Grande,
Cottonwood, Pinal, Florence, Dudlcyville
Camp Goodwin, Pioneer, McMillenville
No section of Arizona is so well favor
ed as regards water and means of irri
gation. The Gila, Salt and San Pedro
livers run through the grant, while small
streams flowing into the larger ones
honeycomb the entire properly.
THE MINERAL BELT.
The most famous mineial belt of Ari
zona, that of the Pinal range, is situated
in thecentei of the grant. The moun
tains yield large deposits of gold, silver,
copper and lead .
The Silver King mine in the Super
stition mountains has a large body of
high grade ore and has yielded an abun
dance of very handsome and highly priz
Lim?, gypsum, chrome and iron are
found in abundance. Vast coal beds are
scattered over the property. An ex
pert, after examining these deposits, pro
nounced them more extensive in area
than the coal fields of Pennsylvania and
A POWERFUL SYNDICATE.
The agricultural lands are drained by
the Gila, Salt, San Pedro and San Carlos
rivers . They are highly arable, and with
the opDorlunities for irrigation, are
destined to furnish all products of tem
perate and tropical climes. Oranges,
lemons, limes and bai.anas flourish,
.while phe ncnvnal crops of cereals can
The government of the United States
claim the grant, but repeated decisions
against his claim, have not discouraged
Reavis, and he has persisted until now as
his friends express it, "He has everything
straight as a string." The immense
amount of capital interested in the claim
bears testimony both to its validity and
The agricutural lands of the grant are
now quite closely settiea. .Men wan
their families have here built up homes
and are busily engaged in the raising of
cattle and the growing of grain. To
these people the vesting of the title of
the grant in Reavis, means the loss of
their homes and farms. It means a pro
cess of eviction and ejectment without
parallel in the history of America. The
Mussel Slough evictions would not be a
comparison. To drive settlers off and
place Reavis in possession would require
the services of the entire standing army
of the country.
THE HUMBLE MAID.
Mrs. Isaac C. Smith, of No. 712 San
chez street, was afriend of Sophia Tread -
well when she was engaged in Mrs. Hop
kin's household. She was visited by an
Examiner reporter, who asked if she had
a portrait of the git I.
"No," she replied, "1 have not, I kept
one so long as 1 thought she was a nice
person, but after her actions in the house
of a friend of mine I destroyed it."
"When 1 knew Sophie she was as poor
as anybody, but I have heard she has got
tony lately. That in in Reavis took her
to Europe and polished her up. He
first taught her to read and write decent
ly, after which she took lessons in the arts.
I hear she paints now. Well isn't it
funny the way people spread themselves
when they get hold of money?"
When asked if she thought she was
the granddaughter of Don Peralta she
laughed and said:
"No, I do not. I have always thought
she was the daughter of an Indian squaw
and never in the world considered her to
be an aristocrat.
"In all our conversation she has never
laid claim to being a Peralta, and I think
she has always considered Treadwell her
lather and the Digger woman her
Los Angeles, July 21. The Baron of
of the Colorados and his high-bred Bar
onets were discovered in this city to-night
Ht was not very communicative, and
started in by saying that he had dodged
the Examiner representatives in San
Francisco, and had no desire to be inter
viewed here. He had nothing to say
about the Peralta matter.
"I have got my case in a shape that
suits me, and I do not care about its being
made public except through the legal
tribunal before which it will be present
ed," he said.
At the question as to the Examiner's
stories about him, the Biron made a
grimace and rather thought the repoiter
had been trying to inflate a very small
HIS HIGHNESS' PLANS.
"It really amounts to this," 'aid his
Lordship, "they have taken up the evi
dence in the case at a certain point and
presented it from there on. I have
traced back far beyond where the Ex
aminer started in and have established
facts and worked up evidence that will
speak for itself when the proper time
comes. It would not do to disclose iny
plans now, as I have public sentiment in
my behalf through the newspapers. I
don't care to do this. I have a good
case and I shall let it go through on its
merits. In Arizona they favor my suit.
Why, at every election there, those that
favor me and my claims are elected."
WILL LEAVE NO SIONE UNTURNED.
He related the history of his connec
tion with the claims he is now advancing.
-He said he took up the matter about
fourteen years ago, when he first became
aware of Mrs. Reavis, rights to the estate
U interested him deeply aud he resolved
not to leave a stone unturned until he
had secured complete and unassailable
evidence establishing her claim.
"The work was long and tedious.
Many dicufnlties had to be conquered
and many obstacles had to be surmount
ed before the long chain of evidence, in
the shape of documents, could be forced
into shape. I have it complete now."
REALLY HIS WIFE.
Referring to the Examiner's story that
he traveled with a woman whom he had
introduced as his cousin, and with whom
he was expelled from a boarding-house,
he said in a mildly explanatory tone:
"I was already married to the lady,
and at the time referred to was in pos
session of documents proving her my
wife. I was married to her by civil con
tract on December 31, 1882, but it was
our policy to keep this a profound secret
fioin every one, for the reasons which I
will explain to you now.
"I intended visiting Spain in the in
terest of our claims to obtain conclusive
evidence Irom the recoids on file there.
A part of my work was also to interview
my wife's relatives. You see, here comes
a crucial point, which in itself s hould be
"Had I disclosed that we had been
married by civil contract instead of under
the formal ceremonies of the Catholic
church, it would have militated strongly
against our claims and would have
strongly prejudiced the Peraltas against
us. I also wanted the people to believe
thai I was simply her guardian, as this
was to our advantage. " On our arrival in
Spain these roles were sustained, and it
was only after our claim had been con
sidered perfectly recognized and fully
acknowledged by her relatives and the
authorities at Madrid, that I exposed
our true relations.
"I presented such sufficient evidence
of our marriage to the United States
Consul-General at Madrid, that he had
no doubt upon the subject. To satisfy
my wife's relatives, we were again
married according to the rites of the
"The hieh position of the Peraltas
made this a most memorable tnd im
portant event, and it was followed by a
THEIR CLAIMS SUSTAINED.
When asked if he met with many dif
ficulties in inducing the Madrid authori
ties to entertain his claim, the Baton
said: "Very few, or, in fact, none at
all, for aside from the many documents
with which I was armed, the striking
personal resemblance my wife bore to
the living and pictured Peraltas was so
positive that there was absolutely no
room for doubt; nor indeed did they
think it worth while to entertain any.
She was received with open arm? and
treated as one of the family at once."
THE BARONESS DE COLORADOS.
"But " said the Baron, interrupting
himself, "here she is now," as the Bar
oness de Colorados entered the room.
The lady has quite a high type of
Castillian air and a most pleasant genial
piesence. She is apparently about 30
years of age, medium height, with clear
creamy complexion, already inclining to
fleshiness. She greeted the correspon
Mr. Reavis, referring to her resemblance
to her long line of the Grandee ancestry,
said: "I could show you any number of
portraits of her ancestors which would
substantiate what I have told you and
convince you how remarkable the like
ness is. I thoroughly established what
I went to Spain for and received an
official acknowledgment there from the
royal courts in Madrid. Armed with
thsse convincing proofs of the 'justness
of our cause we came back to the United
States in November last."
MUST KEEP IT A SECRET.
In response to the question, where
and when this evidence was to be made
public, Reavis said: "I must keep this
secret. I could avail myself of either
Washington or one of the Arizona courts,
but I decline to state which I have de
cided on. 1 1 have already granted titles
to about nine-tenths of the settlers on
the lands we claim, in fact all of the lands
having water-rights attached, which is
practically the only desirable part of our
claim. The granting of our claims will
affect but few, as they are practically
He explained the formation of the
Casa Land Company, which is supposed
to represent the grant at length, which
amounts, according to his version, to
this: A great deal of money was needed
to carry on his researches, and as he had
but little means he had a deed of usufruct
granted to a number -of capitalists, and
by this consideration sufficient means to
carry on the worK was secured.
These men have had the right to de
velop their property, and recently they
thought it best to incorporate in order to
better catry out their plans. This cor
poration embraces many of the original
men to governed by the same constitu
tion and with the same rights.
ALL IN THE INTERESTS OF HIS WIFE.
"Everything I hive done has been in
the interest of my wife and not for any
chim pieferrcd by me. 1 have nothing
to do with it except in my character as
her husband. It is my duty to see that
her rights aie given her, and you can
rest assured that I intend doing it."
The Baroness had but little to say ex
cept in occasionally interpolate .1 few
words in support of her husband's story.
It was evident that her story was iden
tied with his and that what talking there
was to be done in the case was to come
from him. The claimants have with
them a young girl who they assert is a
cousin of the Simon-pure Peraltas whose
native heath is in Andalusia. The
noble pair have with them also two male
seiv.-Inls, while the Barnn seem1! to deem
an amanuensis necessary, as he has one
in his train.
They are in a private residence and
Their destination could not be learned.
Both exhibited evidences of having
iponey, if good clothes and a well-satis'
ficd air can be taken as indications.
The American Bakery will be closed
on Sundays from to a. m. to 4 p. m.
Paul Bahn is ofiering to the people of
Tombstone and the county in general,
some of the best bargains in groceries
and liquors ever offered in this county.
His stock is new fresh and desirable
canned goods, wines, candles, in fact
every tiling sold in a first class grocery
store is being sold by him at Fairbank
This is the only first-classhotel in
Tombstone. It is handsomely furnished
with all modern improvements. Trav
elers who stop at this house will find
every comfort and attention. Private
rooms for commercial travelers at reason
able rates. A splendid billiard table
and a card room. The bar is supplied
with pure brands of wines, liquors and
All outstanding accouts due and to be
come due the Tombstone Democrat are
payable to me.
Por Sale or Exchange.
Three thousand shares of stock of the
Huachuca Water Company. Par value.
Ten dollars per share. Inquire of
C. T. BRITTON,
tf Minneapolis, Minn.
. ' '
Tako it in Time.
Di. Flint's Heart Remedy should be
taken at once when slight exertion or a
hearty meal produces shortness of
breadth or a pain in the region of the
heart. At all druggists or J. J. Mack &
Co., 9 and 1 1 Front st., S. F.
A full line of Spring and Summer
goods have just been received by Harris,
the Tailor, and they will be made to suit
customers or no pay demanded. Call
and examine my stock before ordering
elsewhere. Harris The Tailor.
Read the hospital reports, read the
mortuary reports, read the medical pub
lications, read the daily newspapers, and
learn how wide-spread is heart disease,
how difficult of detection it is to most
people, how many and how sudden are
the deaths it causes. Then read Dr.
Flint's Treatise on Heart Disease, and
learn what it is, what causes it, what
diseases it gives rise to, what its symp
toms are and how it may be attacked,
If you find that you have heart disease,
ask your druggist for a bottle of Dr.
Flint's Heart Remedy. The treatise
may be had on application to
J. J. Mack & Co.,
Nos. 9 and .1, Front,
Whiskey brings more misery upon the
human family than war, famine and pesti
lence combined. There is but one rati
onal course to persus for the inebriate
and that is a treatment that destroys the
appetite for rum. Such is the Acme.
Read their advertisement in an other
On and after April 1st, weekly ice tick
ets will be sold for $1 and upwards. Ice
o weekly customers will not be delivered
tf. SOUIHWESTEKN ICE CO.
Races at the old track on Sunday next
at 2 p. in. Single dash for a quarter
four starters; free for all. The stake is a
$45 saddle and a bridle. Old Fashion,
McLain's roan and other noted horses
will be entered. Entrance fee, $7.50.
Indigestion or Constipation.
A few HAMBURG FIGS are all that
is necessary for the cure of the severest
cases of indigestion or constipation and
one taken occasionally will prevent the
development of these affections 25 cents.
At all druggists. J. J. Mack & Co. p.
prictor, S. F.
The swimming baths at the foot of
Fifth street will be open to the public
every day Pure running water from the
lliiachur.i Water Company's reservoir at
all times. tf J 5
The Board of Equalization of Cochise
County, Territory of Arizona, have raised
the assessments of the following named
persons in the amounts affixed to their
Atchison T A, merchandise. .$ 300 00
Arnold C H, lot 9, block 3. . . . 100 00
Brunncr Frcd,personalproperty 60 00
Bell & Stevenson, stock cattle 1,000 00
Cook Ben, lot 22, block 19. ... 250 00
Castanada A A, lot and imps 150 00
Costello M, lot 13, block 47,
and lot 4 block 61 30000
Costello M, merchandise 600 00
Lallahan M M, lot 23, block IS 100 00
Cochise Cattle Co, stock cattle 1,000 00
Crane Bios, stock cattle 40000
Cole B J, stock cattle 1,500 00
Childress A W, stock cattle. . . 300 00
Chiricahua Cattle Co 10,00000
Crouch Robt, stock cattle.... 750 00
Copper Queen Mining Co. . . . 23,995 00
Cochise County Bank, cash on
hand 2,700 00
Eyimar A, lot 17, block 18. .-. 500 00
Edmunds Anson estate of stock
cattle 2,000 00
Everhardy & Etz, stock cattle 1,500 00
Erie Cattle Co, stock cattle. . .
Fall John C, merchandise. . . .
Foster J L, stock cattle
Gotgens Bros, stock cattle. . . .
Goldwater I & Co,merchandise
Gray R E, lot iS, block 19. . . .
Goslin A B, merchandise....
Hooker J D, lot 3, block 6. . . .
Hoefller Jos, lot 9, block 3 J .
Hare & Page, horses 400 00
Hill J no, ranch and imps 200 00
Hildebrant Harry K, stock
cattle 2,000 00
Herrera & McCIure, stock cat
tle 3,400 00
Hooker C M, stock cattle. . . . 450 00
Hudson T F, stock cattle. . . . 750 00
Hunsakcr D N, printing plant 200 00
Israel Sol, merchandise 300 00
Jacobs L M, lot 16, block 19
and improvements 300 00
Kansas Cattle Co, ranch 200 00
Lay ton R, stock cattle 500 00
Logan D H, stock cattle 350 00
Linaerman Henry, stock cattle 1,000 00
Montgomery Jno, horses 400 00
McCoy J S, lot 6, block 18 and
block 5 Soo 00
Macneil & Moore, merchandise
Miller Mrs M C, improvements
McKittrick W H, stock cattle
Norton Jno H, merchandise. .
Ohnick H, lot 24, block 19. ,.,
j 50 00
Page L E, improvements 200 00
Peto H J, merchandise 500 00
Pascholy & Safford, hotel i,noo 00
Reese Maggie, stock cattle. . . 300 00
Riggs Bronnock, stock cattle 1,000 00
bprunce Wm, lot 15, block 18
Safford A P K, lots 1, 2, 3, blk
Steins Peak Cattle Co, stock
cattle 1,000 00
Steele Thos, stock cattle 1,000 00
Slaughter J H, stock cattle.. . 600 00
Summers Land & Co, stock
Severin H C, stock cattle 1,000 00
Shultz Bros, stock cattle 1,000 00
Simas Manuel, stock cattle... 200 00
Stave Henry, stock cattle .... 700 00
San Simon Cattle Co I3i5oo 00
Toquet A, i6ft lot 30, block 18 200 00
Tombstone Land &' Cattle Co 300 00
Tribolet Godfrey, lot iS, blk 18 367 00
Trask J J, stock cattle 500 00
Todd Geo W, stock cattle.
Tarbell C B, merchandise. . . .
Vickers J V & S P, lot 11, blk
Vickers & Blinn, lots 21, 22,
Vucovich E, real estate 500 00
VanAlstine N, stock cattle...
Watts F H, stock cattle
WitbeckALand& Cattle Co
Wasson C L, stock cattle. . . .
July 21, 1887.
W. D. Monmonier,
For Building an Operating Eoom at
the County Hospital
Notice is hereby given that the Board
of Supervisors of Cochise Co., Territory
of Arizona, will receive sealed proposals
and bids, for building and operating
room at the County Hospital in accor
dance with specifications on file iu their
office. Such proposals and bids to be
filed with the Clerk of the Board at or
before 2 p. in. at the first meeting of the
Board in August 1887, at which time
such bids will be opened. The Board re
scives the right to reject any and all
Attest: W. D.
July 19, 1S87.
Probably as much misery comes from
habitual constipation as from any de
rangement of the functions of the body,
and it is difficult to cure, for the reason
that no one likes to take the medicines
usually prescribed. HAMBURG FIGS
were prepared to obviate this difficulty,
and they will be found pleasant to the
taste of women and childien. 25 cents.
At all druists. J. Mack & Co , pro
prietors, S. F
OUK MOTTO i
Corner Allen and Fourth Streets
Goods for tie People at Popular Prices !
H. K. Tweed desires to call the attention of the Tombstone
public to his immense and varied stock of
Which he is now ofiering at prices that place the goods within
the reach of everyone.
All Eastern Goods purchased direct in the East, not
second hand through California firms.
Among the thousand and one articles which fill this
mammoth store will be found
Of every description. Finest California canned goods. Eu
ropean and California dried fruit Table delicacies. Choice
coffee roasted and ground on the premises. Colgate's toile
and other well known brands of soap.
Clothing and Furnishing Goods
Of which a large assortment of both Eastern and California
goods will be found at very moderate prices.
The latest styles of everything in these lines cheaper than
you can purchase in San Francisco.
Wines, Liquors and Cigars
Of choice imported and California brands by the cask, bot
tie or gallon. Finest American and imported liquors. High
grade cigars, tobaccos and cigarettes.
Also a full asso-tment of staple articles ol
And everything usually kept in a first-class General
No old goods. Everything fresh and new. Before you
make your purchases take a walk through
Cor. of Allen and Fourth Sts.
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