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YOUNG CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL WIN Declares Arizona Has No Use For 1 Reactionary Methods of Standpats —No Personal Ambition in His Candidacy. PHOENIX, Ariz., Oot. 11.—George U. Young, secretary of the territory, and candidate at the coming primary for the republican nomination for governor, has returned from a trip to the norehern part of the state filled with confidence as to the out come on October 24. “I’ll win a genuine victory for the real republican party of Arizona on October 24,’’ said Young at his desk in the state capitol building thi; morning. “If the Jimmy Williams. Cochise-Coconino-Yavapai machine, which has wrecked the party to some extent in Arizona since the memorable progressive Cameron campaign of 1908, imagines for a single moment, that the reactionary program it ha? prepared will be swallowed by Arizo na voters at the polls in December, it has an awakening coming which will be jarred into the various mem bers with a dull, sickening thud. “No matter what the personal character of Judge Wells may be, and it is of that high nature which belongs to most men who had th. bravery to enter and begin the devel opment of this Arizona wilderness forty years ago, he is unfortunate ii having allowed himself to be handled by a reactionary political machine which is wholly out of tune with the progressive spirit of Arizona. The delegate campaign of last year should have been sufficiently emphatic in its outcome to convince anyone but a feather-brained egotist of the futil ity of repeating such tactics as those and his machine partners, but for some reason they are choosing to repeat the very same tactics, so the results, if they win at the primary, will be the same. “Arizona has placed a high pre-mi urn upon popular education. The rea lization is clear in Arizona, as it is nowhere else in this republic, that the agitation which is going on now for taking government out of the hands of special privilege, and plac ing it back in the hands of the peo pie where it belongs, is merely thi result of over one hundred years o’ the little red school house. It is tin same little red school house whiel was the peculiar pet of Washington Jefferson, Jackson, Clay, Webster. Abraham Lincoln, father of the re publican party. Grant, Garfield, Me Kinley and Roosevelt. Out of thr leaven of the little red school house grew the agitation which wiped om slavery. The public school is the mainspring in the evolution of thi; great government, which is the hope of the peoples of the earth. Thi initiative, referendum, and recall are merely the fruits of the mainspring— the little red school house. Who runt may read the signs of the times. Ed ucation has prepared the people foi power. They have learned at last that individual good lies in the com rnunity welfare. “That is the kind of republicanism my candidacy stands for. It appeal? to every man who loves his country, loves his family, realizes his own mis take.? in life and the mistaken idea, in government which hindered bin while they fattened others, and woulc eliminate those mistakes to bring about a reign of absolute equalitj before the law. “Along this line 1 met my old neighbors in northern Arizona, found them warmly responsive. Some of them told me frankly I had beoi guilty of errors as an official, but they were of the head, and not of tin heart. I have hundreds of letter here,” exhibiting a big file, “fron republicans all over Arizona, assuring me of support, and begging me tr nail the colors high and never pul them down. There is nothing person al in my candidacy. It is one o principle, and the principle is simply to gel Into line with the plan of thi republic. Reactionaryism is going tr get its final terrific rebuke at til polls in December, so far as Arizonr is concerned.” PROTECTING BRIDGE APPROACH. The Colorado river has been on an other rampage the past week, the cause of the high water being the re'- sult of unusual floods in Utah, Wyo ming and Colorado. Thursday, the riv er reached its highest point for the year, exceeding slightly the highest point during the summer. During the past ten days the river went up THE PARKER POST over six feet. The worst is now over, as word from the reclamation bureau at Denver states that the flood waters In the states affected have begun to recede. The high water has caused the San ta Fe some trouble with the Arizona side of the Parker bridge, the water washing the banks to such an extent that the bridge approach on this side of the river has been in danger of being weakened by the encroach ing waters. Some alarm was also felt, over the possible washing out of the railroad pumping plant on the river bank. About one hundred men have been employed the past ten days rip-rap ping the bank and otherwise strength ening the places most endangered by the flood waters. The railroad company will no doubt be compelled to put in some permanent work on the Arizona approach the coming win ter, as eventually the water may cause serious damage. COME TO EXAMINE BILLY MACK MINE Representative of Pasadena and En glish Syndicate and Mining Engi neer Arrived Thursday —More Ex perts To Come Next Week. Dr. J. H. Fis k e of Pasadena and Frank H. Jackosn of Los An geles arrived here Thursday morn ing to make a preliminary exami nation of the Billy Mack mine. They left for the property early Thursday morning, and expect to remain about three days. Dr. Fiske is representing the Pas adena and English syndicate which is negotiating for the purchase of the Billy Mack mine. Mr. Jackson is a well-known mining engineer and will make the preliminary exami nation. The gentlemen stated before leav ing for the mine that upon their return to the coast in about three days another and larger party would come out for the purpose of making a thorough examination of the prop erty. This party will include an a - mining engineers and it is expected several of the capitalists who are contemplating the purchasc of the mine. The Billy Mack has been a good gold producer in years past, and to day has a considerable tonnage of rich ore blocked out. It is said by those who are familiar with the present condition of the property that it is bound to stand a most rig id examination, as it is in better con dition now than ever before in it history. It is claimed that the syndicate contemplating the purchase of th; mine has ample capital to develop it on a most extensive scale. The re sumption of operations at the Billy Mack would benefit Parker to a large extent, and it is hoped that the sale will be effected. Candidates Addressed a Large Crowd Here Judge J. H. Westover, editor of the Yuma Sun and democratic can didate for superior judge, and F. E. Elliott, democratic candidate for corn - ty supervisor, arrived in Parker Wednesday night, and spent the fol lowing day in getting acquainted with the people here. Previous to their arrival these gentlemen held political meetings at Wenden, Vicksburg. Bouse and Swansea, and they ex pressed themselves as being pleased with the result of their first and only visit to the northern part of the county. Thursday evening Judge Westover and Mr. Elliott addressed a large crowd at Detrick’s hall, The meeting was presided over by T. M. Drennan. Judge Westover is a speaker of unus ual ability and force, and those who listened to his address were deeply impressed with his ability to fill the important office of superior court judge of this county. Judge West over has an engaging personality and is a typical Kentucky gentleman. Mr. Elliott, one of the prosperous and successful ranchers and business men of Yuma valley, spoke briefly and to the point. He believed the county should elect business men as supervisors, and stated that his expe rience and success in business fitted him to fill the position in a compe tent manner. Messrs. Westover and Elliott made many friends during their visit, and they will no doubt receive a good vote in this end of the county. PARKER, YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1911. NEW ROAD FROM SAN DIEGO TO SALT LAKE VIA PARKER San Diego & Arizona to Build From Yuma to Parker Coming Winter Claims Promi nent Railroad Contractor. The Post received information Wednesday from Los Angeles to the effect that the San Diego & Arizona railroad, now building toward El Centro, in the Imperial valley, with Yuma as the objective terminus, would assuredly be extended to Parker, and that work on the new line would be begun from Yuma at an early date. In fact, our informant, a Los Angeles business man, who secured the information from a promi nent railroad contractor, states that the work will start this winter. Several months ago it was generally reported that the San Diego & Arizona would not stop at Yuma, that it would continue on to Parker and connect with the Santa Fe at this place. By the construction of such a line it would give the Santa Fe a direct line from the Colorado river to San Diego, which would avoid the heavy haul of freight for San Diego over the Cajon Pass and byway of Los Angeles. It. would also enable the Santa Fe to tap Imperial valley and secure a portion of the business of that section of California. Our informant further states that the new line is not to stop at Par ker, but that it is proposed to extend it through northern Arizona to Salt Lake City, thereby placing Parker upon two transcontinental railroads. By the extenison of the San Diego & Arizona, to Parker and Salt Lake City many rich sections would be opened up. As it is almost a surety that the Panama canal will be opened to shipping in 1913, it is not improbable that the people back of the San Diego & Arizona, chief of whom is John D. Spreekles, are seeking the most direct inland route for the vast amount of traffic that will come to San Diego-, which has one of the best harbors on the coast. By its connection with the Santa Fe at Parker the San Diego & Ari zona would be a keen competitor of the Southern Pacific’s for the trade of Imperial valley. It would be enabled to secure fruit shipments tc eastern markets, and consequently the business of the new line would appreciably swell the business of the Santa Fe railroad, over which line these shipments would be routed ca t from the Arizona terminus of the San Diego & Arizona. ERECTING COTTON GIN AT BLYTHE Construction Will Be Rushed By Contractor Christian Cotton Is Opening Up Fine, Picking Will Start in Few Days. BLYTHE, Cal., Oct. 13—Work on the cotton gin commenced the first of the week and It willl be pushed as fast as the material ar rives. Cotton picking will begin in earnest in a short time and the gin will be needed at once. The gin is located in the northwest part of town on Avenue 2nd West, near Barnard street. In addition to the gin will be a seed house, water tower, etc. The work of erecting the building will be under the supervision of Contractor Christian and the machin ery will be installed by the company furnishing the machinery. Cotton is opening up fine and picking will start within the next few days, and it will have to be stored until the gin is in working order, causing considerable bother and ex tra expense. The first year in any new industry is always more or less discouraging, but there always has to be a start and in another year things will be in much better shape, as a much larger area will be plant ed and it will be planted much ear lier than this year as we were de layed on account of not obtaining seed. BOOSTER ARRIVES. Charles Morgan and wife and H. A. Haven arrived here last Saturday, having driven overland by team from El Centro, Cal. They own two lots on South Broadway, north of the Benson cottage, and expect to build a home thereon within a short time. Mr. Morgan is well acquainted with the desert country, having spent the past seven years in Imperial valley, and was instrumental in bringing some forty families from Texas to that place, most of whom are doing well. He states that many of these families will come to the Palo Verde valley as soon as they dispose of their holdings in the Imperial valley. Mr. Morgan is a booster of the right sort and we welcome him to the valley. A three months’ trial subscription to The Post is offered for 50 cents. Bend us your name and postoffice address today and keep posted on the politioa* situation In the county and territory. REAL WORK ON SIPHON BEGUN Yuma Project Will Be Completed By First of the Year. —Contracts For Completion of Canals Let This Week. Hundreds of Yuma citizens accept ed the invitation of Project Engineer Sellew Saturday and visited the gi gantic tunnel under the Colorado riv er which, by the first of the year will be carrying millions of gallons of water to the thousands of fertile acres of ‘he Yuma valley. The occasion of the invitation from the project engineer to the citizens of Yuma and the valley, wa3 the changing of the small upright com pressed air lock for the big horizon tal air lock which fits in the mouth of the tunnel, and which will allow the use of double compartment ca ges up and down the siphon shaft on this side for the removal of de bris and the taking down of needed supplies of concrete and other mate rials. The siphon shaft on the Airzona side is about thirty-two feet in cir cumference, and is down something over 100 feet. Its walls are of rein forced concrete three and a half feet thick. At the bottom is a concrete plug several feet in thickness and from the bottom of this shaft the tunnel leads off under the river. Both shafts on both sides of the river are now complete, and the great tunnel is in a depth of 67 feet. Several days ago the end of this tunnel was sealed with a bulkhead of den. When this was completed, the den. When this was cmpleted, the small air lock in the shaft was taken out and the air shut off. Then the work of installing the huge horizontal air look was begun and two days ago this was completed. This air lock fits into the mouth of the tunnel and is 45 feet in length and will hold five small cars of de bris or supplies. At both ends are air locks, and owing to the fact that a double com partment lift can now be installed in the shaft the work is expect ed to go forward at the rate of five to seven feet per day of completed work. It is a magnificent work and the farmers and citizens generally who visited the work Saturday and went down and out under the great, treach erous river while the air was turned off, are wildly jubilant over the pros pects of the water soon reaching their lands and the great work being done by the U. S. R. S. on the Yuma pro ject. Sunday the air was turned on in the big lock and the bulkhead broken out and the real work of boring the great siphon tunnel under the river begun. All who visited the siphon and saw the great amount of work being done are loud in their praise of Project En gineer Sellow and his efficient corps of helpers. The work will be completed the first of the year, and as the govern ment proposes to let contracts on Oc tober 12 for the completion of the main line canals, early spring will see the Yuma project and hundreds of farmers and citizens of Yuma and the Yuma valley ready to reap the benefits of the thousands of acres of the rich lands so long begging to be cultivated. —Yuma Examiner. CAVE-liTcAUSES DEATH OF MINER Harry Nelson, Employed at the P. & D. Grass Roots Mines, Meets Tragic Death at Company’s Property Near! Milligan. Harry Nelson, w'ho was employed by Scott Price of the P. & D. Grass Root 3 Mines, in the Old Woman mountains, met a tragic death in the bottom of a 25-foot shaft Tuesday morning at 10:’30 o’clock. It appears that Nelson had previusly fired a round of shots, but they seemed to have little effect in breaking the ground at the bottom of the shaft. Further up the shaft, however, thc shot3 had loosened the ground consid erably, and another workman, who was on top, warned Nelson to look out for the treacherous looking place. It is claimed Nelson did not appear to be alarmed and continued to pick out the loose rock resulting from the blast. After warning him his partner left for another part of the property, and returning soon after he looked down the shaft, and wa3 startled to see that the loosened ground had caved in, precipitating several tons of rock upon the unfortunate miner. He ran for help, and Scott Price, the manager of the property, who w r as working in the main shaft, came to his assistance. The two men at once set to work to remove the tons of rock covering Nelson. When this was finally accomplished it was found that he was dead, the rock striking him while he was in c sitting posture, evidently examining some ore. The remains were taken to Milligan Tuesday night and shipped to Nee dles, where the dead man has a broth er, who is employed as engineer at the smelter. Nelson was employed as teamster at the mine, but when ever there w r as nothing to do in tha: line he was set to work mining. Irrigation Engineers to Arrive Next Week John H. Quinton, engineer for the Greeley-Arizona Irrigation company will arrive from LO3 Angeles the first of next week with a crew of en gineers and surveyors for the purpose of preparing plans and specifications and locating the site for the diver sion dam at Headgate Rock. This information was contained in a letter received yesterday from A. J. Casebeer, secretary of the Greeley- Arizona Irrigation company, to G. C. Dunn. The work of preparing plans and specifications for the dam is quite an undertaking in itself. The officerso f the company desire to have everything ready to begin act ual construction of the dam at the earliest possible date, and for this reason Engineer Quinton has been instructed to rush this part of the work with all possible haste. More particulars of the projected work to be done at this time will be obtainable upon Engineer Quinton’s arrival in Parker next week. Monday Conductor Cole exhibited a sample of the cotton that is being grown in the Palo Verde valley, hav ing obtained it at Blythe Junction. It sure looked good, and some day not far distant fields of growing cot ton will be seen in the Parker val ley. A carload of machinery for the cotton gin to be constructed at Blythe arrived at Blythe Junction Monday from El Paso. Texas THE MAGUEY PLANT GOOD STOCK FEED Can Be Grown Without Irrigation and Authorities Claim That It is Better Than Corn For Fattening Hogs. i (Special Correspondence.) WENDEN,Ariz., Oct. 13. —From tl: various articles we have noticed in the newspapers along back it would appear that agriculturists, and ex perimenters along that line, are be coming interested in the matter of cultivating the mescal or maguey plant, a species of which is to be found growing on the dry and bar ren mesas and foothills of southern Arizona. From such information as the writer has been able to obtain on the subject, it would seem strange that a native plant, adapted to the dryest and poorest of soils, a plant of such unusual merit and hardiness, i should remain unused and untried by the farmers and planters of this section. The Phoenix Republican of Sept. 24, 1911, published an article as follows: “In Mexico there is a plant that feeds a greater number of persons in more different w r ays than is known perhaps, in any other country in the world,” said G. W. Lucas, topographical engi neer for the Mexican Continental railway, to a reporter for the Wash ington Post. “The maguey is a species of cac tus which thrives in greatest extent and profusion on the great mesa 3 of the republic of Mexico. It i 3 perhaps the most remarkable plant as regards its utilization, of all the more common tropical plants on earth. In this country a plant of the same family is known as the century plant, but of course the va riety in Mexico is different, and, ap parently, the plant is used only for ornamental purposes. “This plant throws out tiny sprouta with from five to eight branchy edged with small esplhas or msV dles, which Identify it as of the cactus family. It does not attain to its full growth until its fifth year, but it may be made useful two years earlier. In its third year one or all of its branches are tapped, making cavities in the sides of the branch in which the sap or juice of the plant collects. This latter liquid is what is known in Mexico as aqua-miel, an efficacious medicine in many dis orders of the human system, but it must be used as such the first day after it is picked. If allowed to stand, fermentation takes place, and the aqua-meil changes into what is known as the most com mon of the intoxicating drinks of Mexico —pulque. “When distilled, pulque Is the great national drink of Mexico, and is known as mescal. The mes cal distilled in the state of San Luis Potesl Is regarded as the best quality, and 's called ‘tequila.’ “It is not only in its medical and drinking qualities that the maguey plant is useful. It is one of the most important fiber plants in Mexi co, and is utilized in the weaving of baskets and clothing. It is a tough fiber, but as flexible as lin en thread.” From other sources it is iearned that the maguey plan* is of great value as a feed for fattening stock, some of the experimenters claim that when sliced, sun-dried and stored away, the product is superio to corn for fattening hogs, or it may be fed green with a like result. Oth ers claim that for the manufacture of denatured alcohol, the maguey plant could be made a source of great profit. It is evident that the maguey plant would thrive in any portion of south ern Arizona where the altitude is less than 3,000 feet, without irriga tion, and little, or no, cultivation, and the prospect that this valuable plant may at no distant day bring some of the waterless plains into a state of productiveness, and still retain their purity of atmosphere and freedom from mosquitoes, which can hardly be realized where irriga tion is practiced, is well worth the investigation. SPECIAL TRAINS TO FAIR. Special trains will run to the Sev enth Arizona Annual Fair to be held at Phoenix the week No vember 6th, to 11th, from San Diego, San Francisco, and Los An geles. This is the first year the Arizona Fair has attracted CaU> fornia visitors by the train load. No. 23.