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THOS. M. DRENNAN FOR LEGISLATURE Mulford Winsor Out For Congres sional Nomination —Other Candi dates Who Have Announced Them selves for Office. Northern Yuma county has a candi date for member of the house of rep representatives of the Arizona legisla ture in the person of T. M. Drennan, president of the Parker Bank & Trust company and head of the Colorado River Supply Co. of Parker. Prob ably no man in northern Yuma coun ty is better known than is Mr. Dren nan, who has lived in this section for the past fifteen years. He also has a large acquaintance in the city of Yuma, where he will receive good support. He has been a democrat all his life. Owing to the necessity of securing the enactment of a suitable Carej land law, permitting the opening ol the lands of the reservation, it is o! prime importance that a Parker man be elected as a member of the first state legislature Several weeks ago Mr. Drennan promisied his friends here tha* he would be a candidate provided no other man wanted the of fice. As no one seemed to be eager for the job, he has accordingly an nounced his candidacy. It is expected that partisan lines will be cast aside in electing a north ern Yuma county man to the legis lature, and there are many republicans in this part of the county who have already expressed themselves in favor of Mr. Drennan’s candidacy. Last week he visited Yuma and was assured by the democratic leaders there that he could count on the full party support from that end of the county. With the support he will receive from the republicans from this end of the county his election is almost certain. Last Sunday’s Yuma Sun has the following to say in reference to Mr. Drennan’s candidacy: “T. M. Drennan, better known by his friends as Tom Drennan, an nounces in this morning’s Sun that he is a candidate for representative in the first! state legislature from Yu ma county. Mr. Drennan resides at Parker and is one of the leading citi zens of the north end of the county. It is generally recognized that the north end of the county is entitled to at least one member of the first state legislature and Mr. Drennan has been picked by his friends in that end of the county as the man for the place. He has resided in Parker and vicinity for a good many years and knows the wants and needs of the people better than almost any man in the entire county. He is a man of affairs, hav ing contributed much time and money to the upbuilding of the waste places in northern Yuma county. He is a moving spirit in all that goes to de velop his section of the country. “Mr Drennan is a democrat who has served his party well. He has been loyal to his friends and at all times has been ready and willing to go out and do his part in a campaign. He is a big, broad-minded man who stands high at home and abroad and will give Yuma county character and prestige in the general assembly. He submits his claims to the democratic voters of the county and solicits their approval and support.” Mulford Winsor. The candidacy of Mulford Winsor for representative in congress from Arizona meets with the approval of practically every democrat and many republicans in Yuma county. Winsor attained considerable prestige in the ranks of the progressive democrats and republicans as a delegate from this county to the constitutional con vention. and played a prominent par. in formulating Arizona’s fundament in formulating Ariizona’s fundamen tal law He is a pioneer in the advocacy of the rule of the people form of gov ernment, and as editor of the Phoe nix Enterprise, Daily Globe and Yu ma Sun he persistently upheld the cause of the common people and the principles of direct legislation. Hie. long experience in the newspaper busi ness, his knowledge of economic and political subjects, his ability as a writer of forceful English and his ac complishment as an orator, qualifies him in every way to represent Ari zona in the halls of congress. Winsor has many friends in both political parties in Parker and north ern Yuma county who will give him their strongest support for the office which he seeks. If elected he will prove especially valuable to this coun- THE PARKER POST ty by reason of his familiarity with land reclamation and irrigation pro jects. His knowledge in this re spect is distinctly personal, as he has for several years resided upon and cultivated one of the finest farms in Yuma valley. He is intimately acquainted with all parts of the territory, and with all its widely varied industries; probably no one in Arizona is more familiar with Arizona’s needs, and the measures of legislation necessary and desirable to secure for its people in congress. Winsor was chairman of the com mittee on legislative department, probably the most important commit tee of the constitutional convention, since it had under its charge the article of the constitution relating to the Initiative and Referendum. He was foremost in the fight for a direct primary and an advisory vote tor senators for the first election; opposed the secret caucus plan of controlling the convention, and had much to do with making the transac tion of the convention’s procedure wholly public. He was known as one of the workers in the convention. He was the author of the resolu tion, introduced on the first day of the convention, which barred lobby ists from the convention climber. He was the author of the provision for publicity of campaign contributions, both before and after election. Mr. Winsor was born in the state of Kansas, has been a resident ot Arizona since 1892, and is thirty seven years of age. Eugene S. Ives. The Post is authorized to announce the candidacy of Eugene S. Ives of Tucson for the United States sen ate from Arizona. Mr. Ives is a progressive democrat and believes that Arizona should immediately re-insert the recall of the judiciary in the constitution, and if elected to the senate he will be in line with all progressive legislation and will be opposed to reactionaries and stand patters in whatsoever form they may show up. In a personal letter to the editor of The Post Mr. Ives states that he will represent Ari zona and its people only and will be entirely uninfluenced by any oth er consideration or association, whether social or business. He will regard the state of Arizona as his client and will render it and its peo ple his most energetic and zealous service. Mr. Ives was a member of the constitutional convention, and is one of Arizona’s most brilliant lawyers. J. R. Kerr. J. R. Kerr of the real estate firm of Kerr & Munroe of Yuma announ ces his candidacy in today’s Post for the office of member of the house of representatives from Yuma county, in the first state legislature. Mr. Kerr is a democrat and bears an ex cellent reputation for integrity and honesty of purpose. He pledges him self to restore the recall of the judi ciary to the Arizona constitution at the earliest opportunity. Before the primary election Mr. Kerr will make a trip to northern Yuma county in the interest of his candidacy. He has many trends in the southern part of the county who are rallying to his support. Thus far Mr. Kerr is the only candidate from the south end of the county to announce himself for the lower house of the legislature. Fred W. Wessel. Fred W7 • Wessel, county superin tendent of schools, is the only candi date to announce himself for state senator from Yuma county to the first state legislature. His announce ment card appears in this week’s Post, in another column. Mr. Wessel possesses considerable ability as an educator and is well qualified to rep resent Yuma county in the upper branch of the Arizona legislature. He stands very high in Yuma and has numerous friends throughout the northern part of the county who de sire to see him elected. He has lived in the county for more than twenty years, and has been a life long demo crat. S. Frank Stanley. S. Frank Stanley of Yuma announ ces his candidacy in this issue of The Post for the office of county record er, subject to the will of the demo crats at the coming primary election. Mr. Stanley holds the responsible po sition as cashier of the Southern Pa cific at Yuma, and also is clerk of the city of Yuma. He is a native son of the southwest, and a democrat first, last and all the time. If chosen as county recorder Mr. Stanley prom ises to bring to the work experience in detail and system that will guaran tee accuracy and satisfaction to all people doing business with that branch of the county government. PARKER, YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1911. OSTRICH INDUSTRY VERY PROFITABLE Arizona Now Has 5,090 Ostriches Valued at S4OO Each —Desert Con dications Ideal For Raising the Big Awkward Birds. The strides being made in raising ostriches in Arizona indicates that within a few years this state will be the greatest ostrich feather pro ducer in the world. Within 15 miles of Phoenix there are 5,000 ostriches, worth approximately S4OO each. There are many farms in that section where from 15 to 3,500 birds are being cared for, and all these farms are for the purpose of raising birds and produc ing feathers for the market —there i 3 not a “show place” there. Thirty years ago there was one pair of ostriches, and no one knew anything about them or how to care for them. Today the farmers of the Salt River valley are more expert than are the farmers of South Africa, where ostrich raising has been going on for many years. The desert sec tion is actually better for raising os triches than Africa. The breeders of Arizona are progressive. They are now breeding for betterment in every way. A few years ago the feathers from a bird averaged in value about $25 per year;the manager of one of the big Phoenix farms has bred his birds up to an average of $55 and is push ing forward with the idea that in a short time the average will be $75. W. M. Cross, manager of the Pan- American, is giving more careful at tention, possibly, to this breeding for betterment than any of the others and is successful in it. He thinks now that it is possible to produce a bird having absolutely white plumage— all the feathers pure white. To the novice this would seem like a joke— nut maybe it will come to pass, and if it does the ostrich business will be more profitable than it is now by a great deal. The returns from the business are large now, though the feathers are sold to eastern commis sion men. At this time feathers bring from $25 to $75 per pound, the higher price for the largest, • perfect feathers of which there are few on a bird, and of which 120 weighs a pound. The average price all ’round is S3O, making a total for the bird of about $45 per year. Each bird is plucked every eight months, averag ing a pound to the plucking. As demonstration has been made that Arizona conditions are ideal for the successful raising of ostriches, the business will improve rapidly. When 20 years ago a man took a pair of birds and 14 chicks to Phoe nix with the intention of starting an ostrich farm for profit, he was the brunt of many jokes, and when all but two of those birds were killed through ignorance in handling, it looked blue to him as well. But he persisted, studied, exercised great care — and the 5,000 birds now in the valley are practically the result, while the scoffing has given way to emulation. Each hen lays from 12 to 50 eggs a year, the eggs weigh ing an average of 4 pounds each. Some are hatched and some are sold to curious persons at 50 cents each. Each chick is worth $5 when it emerg es from the shell, and up to S4OO and SSOO by the time it is four years old, while in some cases especially fine birds (breeders) are worth up to SI,OOO and more. The birds live to 80 years and over, and the feathers pro “prime” from 4 to 50 years. South African breeders who have been in the Salt River valley on investigation state that the conditions in Arizona are better than in Africa, but that the latter birds are bred up better. The improvement is on the upgrade row, and of course before long we shall excel Africa, as we have the foundation, the enterprise and the energy to make the best of today the poor of tomorrow. As knowledge of the habits and necessities of the ostrich increases the industry will advance quickly. The barren lands of the desert are ideal for this business, so there is reasoi for the belief that a few years hence Arizona will be possibly the greatest ostrich feather producer in the .world. NEW GOODS! NEW GOODS! Latest Ginghams, Percales and Dress Goods at Parker Commercial company’s store. If you want good tin work see R. J. Martin, the plumber. PASSING OF OLD TIME WENDENITE William Wilkinson Passes Over Great Divide —Pleasant Camping Trip to Oak Creek —Culling Mine to Re sume Operations. WENDEN, Ariz., Sept. 15.—A1l of the old-timers of Wenden will be grieved to learn of the death of Wil liam Wilkinson, which occurred at th-r home of his son, J. Wilkinson of Bisbee, Ariz., Sept. 13. The firm i ame of Josephi & Wilkinson as mine operators at Cunningham Pass is as fainiiliar as the hills them selves, as those men were the first to open that section and bring it to the notice of the mining public, they having begun operations there as early as the year 1885. Mr Wil kinson is a well known figure in Wenden and will be greatly missed by us all. Good-bye, Bill! Farewell, old pard; We’ve took your goin’ Mighty hard. Somehow ruther, Don’t seem right Fer you to slip out Alone one night; And leave us here All glum and blue, Settin’ ’round missin’ you. Good-bye, Bll! Good-bye, Bill! You’ve gone and left Some lonesome pards, t lum bereft. No game seems right ’TboiP you. Bill, So we don’t play now, Bu* just set ’round All sad and still. Hope yer happy Where ye are T.canin' ’gainst The heavenly bar. Good-bye, Bill! Pleasant Camping Trip. Otis E. Young and family recently returned from a six weeks’ out ing on Oak Creek. They were ac companied by J. E. Matteson, who spent a couple of weeks with them and added ten pounds to his avoir dupois. The party are very enthusi astic over the fishing, fruit and swim ming. They were camped right on the bank of the creek under a group of cottonwood, box elder and sycamore trees, bet.w r een the Top ping and Hurst ranches. Beside the usual accoutrements employed by campers for their com fort, this party erected a dining room of saplings, canvas and cloth screening and were thus able to circumvent the ever festive fly, which is one of the drawbacks to a n out-of-door life, several rec ords were made during this trip, for instance: Master Ward Young hold 3 the amateur championship as a peach eater, having devoured. 33 nice, fat, juicy peaches in one day; his brother, Wilmer, was a close sec ond, with a batting average of 29. Mrs. Young won the embossed leather medal for beginners in the swimming contest, swimming 150 ft. without drowning. During this contest, the judge became interested in the peregrinations of a turtle, forgot the swimmers and so refused to credit the claims of the contes tant, though said claims were sup ported by the whole camp. Where upon the lady valiently plunged in and again swam over the whole course. Otis Young, Jr., aged 5 years, won the Isaac Walton cup, catching 30 fish in 2 hours. This youthful dis ciple of Walton claims his success was due to “spitting on the bait,” fish being particularly partial to raw angleworm served with saliva sauce. The weather was delightful during the vacation on Oak Creek with the exception of one very hard rain. The reporter is indebted to Mrs. Young, for the following de scription of an incident of this time. “Mr. Matteson had been out ditch ing since 4 o’clock, everything out side the square tent was soaking and Mr. M. was in the same condi tion and the only dry clothing to be found were an undershirt, of his own and an abbreviated khaki skirt of mine which reached just above his knees. You can imagine what a lu dicrous figure he made but he was dry, which was the point at issue. Mr. M. moved the sheet iron stove into the tent and offered to help me get breakfast. This tent was 10 x 10 and contained beside myself and my short-skirted assistant and our cook stove, a large (Saratoga trunk, a long bench, a cot, 5 boxes, 3 bags and a satchel, a full grown man with a beard, 2 boys of assorted sizes and one little lady dog named Peggy. In fact we felt a bit crowded for room but having time in quantity and of all the known varieties, break fast was eventually ready and how we did enjoy it.” Culling Mine to Resume Charles D. Mayers, M. E., of Los Angeles, has secured the old Cull ing mine in Squaw Canyon, 7 miles east of Wenden, and will proceed to work the ores therefrom by a pro cess of his own invention for treating low grade ores. Work at the mime will begin as soon as the necessa ry machinery can be placed on the ground. Claude H. Shirley has just finished a neat 4 room cottage on his prop erty on Second street. All sorts of modern appliances are in evidence, and the workmanship is of the best. A POOR MAN’S DISTRICT. W. E. Marvin has returned to Yu ma from the Middle Wells country, and confirms the reports of the rich ness of the strike in a ledge of sil ver ore on which his company and others have located a number of claims, says the Sun. Besides being a rich ore it is, he says, a poor man’s rock. The ore can be taken out and shipped to a smelter and the returns will more than pay the expense of development work. The ore consists of chlorides and carbonates of silver and lead and has been declared to be of the same class as that of Leadville, Colorado, b y experts who are familiar with the Leadville formation and who have examined the new strike. Fred Nottbusch and George How ard, who own the claims where the discovery was made, have a shaft down 65 feet, and find the ore yields 90 ounces of silver and is 40 per cent lead. Several other shafts are being sunk on different claims along the ledge and all show satisfactory indi cations, though none of the others are yet deep enough to strike the rich ore. A camp has been established and named Barite. It has now sixteen residents all of whom are working on the claims. STRIKE BEDROCK. We understand that the prelimi nary work of the Chucawalla Valley Development company has developed the fact that bedrock lies at a depth of about 90 feet below the water level of the Colorado river at Bull’s Head where the company is preparing to construct a huge dam for power purposes, says the King man Miner. As soon as the pre liminary work is complete the compa ny will perfect plans for the construc tion of a reinforced concrete struct ure that will withstand the gigantic force of the Colorado river at flood-time. The dam will be one of the largest in the world, surpassing that of the great Roosevelt dam in Salt River valley and the Pathfinder dam in Wyoming. It will not be used for the empounding of water, but will be an overflow dam, the silt gradually filling behind the struct ure until it raises the level of the river bed to practically the height of the dam. ELIGIBILITY OF VOTES. There can be no registration of voters for the election, to be held De cember 12 for action on the constitu tion and the election of state officers. That at least is the opinion of Attor ney General John B. Wright on the question, rendered in response to the request of the district attorneys of several counties. While it will seem a hardship to many good citizens who have come here within the last two years, to be deprived of their vote the attorney general finds by the in terpretation of the enabling act conjunction with the statutes, that there is no authority for any citizen voting at the coming election, who was not eligible to vote at the elec tion of delegates ta| the constitutional convention. SELF-GOVERNMENT. Miss Anna Egan, agent for the Yu mas, has received from the Indian department, approval of her plans for the establishment of an Indian police court and also an approval of the scheme for management of their business affairs by a commit tee of nine of their number as adopt ed at a series of meetings last June. The election of the members of the committee was also confirmed. COLORADO DESERT TO FEED MILLIONS George Wharton James, Well Known Magazine Writer, Forecasts Bright Future For Colorado River Coun try. By George Wharton James, in Twen tieth Century Magazine. (Continued from Last Week.) There are so many determined, sensible, level-headed practical busi ness men interested in the lands (the Land Office records show that in less than two years over six hundred claims of three hundred and twenty acres each have been taken up in the Palo Verde Mesa and Chucaw r alla Val ley), that if it were known that the whole financing of the affair were left to themselves a call would issue in three days and in seven more a popular subscription to lands would be made by the actual filers on the lands which would supply all the mon ey needed to carry the development of the canal system to a satisfactory completion. Most of the entrymen are success ful orange-growers and agricultural ists, familiar with conditions requi site for success, who have gone into this project after carefully studying the existent facts. Their judgment upon the possibilities , therefore should have great weight. They claim that the land will produce dates, or anges, lemons, cotton, figs, apricots, and the earliest fruits and vegetables. The soil is pronounced exceptionally fine for the raising of oranges. It is composed of decomposed granite, s n \ iron, limestone and gypsum. It is generally of a reddish cast and looks similar to the soil of Redlands. Fruit trees bear fully a year or two earlier than on the coast or in the in terior valleys of the state, and oran ges ripen earlier than in any portion of the United States, so that when the Panama Canal is completed oran ges can be shipped to London and Berlin in time for the American resi dents there to enjoy them on Thanks giving Day. Another remarkable fact that should not be overlooked, and that is that the oranges grown in the so-called desert regions of the South-West, a: Palm Springs, Yuma, Phoenix, Mesa, etc., are similar to the Florida oranges in their thinness of 3kin, sweetness, flavor and juiciness, with the added advantage of a high ani pleasing color. They will thus bring the highest possible prices on account of their early harvesting and superior quality. What then is reasonable for one to expect of this valley? Forty years ago men laughed, sneered and scoffed at Judge North and his co-workers when they proposed to do at River side what it is proposed to do in the Chucawalla Valley. Today Riverside is one of the richest fruit-growing sections of the world. There are no poor here, for every orchardist has grown rich in the years, that have passed and Riverside has become one of the “show cities” of the south ern portion of California. /Less than forty years ago the same kind of doubting Thomas laughed at Frank Brown when he proposed to bring the water from a dam he would build in the Bear Valley of the /San Be-rnardino range, and make the town of Redlands; but to-day Redlands is one of the “paradises” of the world. Its “Smiley Heights” is a king of “show places” in a state full of show places, yet the barrenness and deso lation of its original appearance was worse than any part of the Chuca walla Valley. The valley of Red lands has become a proverb, for, look ing over the'valley from its heights, long rows of orange trees radiate in every direction until they converge into a distant blur. It is a deep green sea, which during the period of blossoming is lashed in creamy, foam crested waves of odorous flowers. In the time of harvest it is the verita ble land of Hesperides, for the golden orange is a ball of rich and delicious nectar fit for the gods. Figures will give a little idea as to what Redlands means to the United States. Last year its crop of oranges totaled enough to give to every man, woman and child of the hundred millions of the country four oranges apiece. From November twenty-third to Septem ber eleventh, 4,721 carloads, contain ing 1,680,986 boxes, were shipped of oranges and lemons from her pack ing houses. Forty years ago the (Continued on Page 2.) No. 19.