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HOUSE MEMORIAL MAY HELP MINERS T. M. Drennan of Parker Introduces Memorial to Congress in Legisla ture, Asking That Mineral Lands Be Segregated From Reservation. Representative T. M. Drennan in troduced in the lower branch of the Arizona legislature Tuesday, House Memorial No. 4. calling upon congress to enact such laws as may be neces sary to furnish relief to owners of mines and mining claims located in the southern portion of the Colorado River Indian reservation, which were worked and located prior to the re cent survey. The recent survey of the reserva tion included considerable area o. mineral ground south of old La Paz necessitating the cessation of opera tions by the La Paz Gold Mining com pany, which was preparing to develop its placer holdings in that section on an extensive scale. The memorial introduced by Mr Drennan is as follows/: House Memorial No. 4. To the Senate and House of Repres entatives of the United States ol America in Congress assembled. Your Memorialists, the First LegL lature of the State of Arizona, in sec sion convened, respectfully represent: WHEREAS, by an Act of the Con gress of the United States, passed March 3rd, 1865, certain lands lying along the East side of the Colorado River in Yuma County, Arizona, now known as the Colorado River Indian Reservation were set apart for Indiar purposes; and WHEREAS, by Executive orders dated November 22, 1873, November 16, 1874, and: May 15, 1876, the boun daries of said reservation, were des cribed as follows, to-wit: “Beginning at a point where La Paz Arroya enters the Coorlado riv er about four miles above Ehrenburg, Arizona, thence Easterly following the course of said arroya, to a point South of the crest of La Paz Maun tain, thence following the crest oi said mountain, in a Northerly direc tion, to the top of Black Mountain, thence in a North-Easterly direction over the Colorado river, to the top of Monument Peak in the State of Cal ifornia, thence South-Easterly in a straight line to the top of Riverside Mountain in California, thence a dir ect line towards the place of begin ning to the West bank of the Col orado river, thence down said West bank to a point opposite the place of beginning, thence to place of be ginning ; and cent survey WHEREAS, the description as giv en in said Executive orders is ambig uous and uncertain, in that, there is much dispute as to which Mountain l>eak is meant by La Paz Mountain, :is well as the crest of that mountain to be followed in a Northerly direc tion; and WHEREAS, the Commissioner ci the General Land Office at Washing ton, D. C., has recently had surveyed the lands embraced within said In dian reservation as per Executive or ders as above set forth, and the South-East corner of said reservation has been established on a certain Mountain peak, purporting to be the I>articular mountain described in 3aid Executive orders, as La Paz Maun- tain and run a line from said point to a certain mountain called Black Mountain, and WHEREAS, the lines so run ha: established the South and East liner of said reservation, and WHEREAS, the said survey, as now established, will include within the said reservation, a large amount of mineral land, including mines and mining claims that have been owned by citizens of Arizona since 1861, and WHEREAS, owing to the uncertair ty of the exact location of the boun i dary lines of said reservation during k the past thirty-five years, many pros- L pectors have located, worked or sold their mining claims to innocent pur * chasers, who have in turn expended large amounts of money in develop ment work, erecting costly hoisting works, building roads, and otherwise building up this section of the coun try; and WHEREAS, the citizens of that community firmly believe that it wa3 the intention of the Congress of the United States, in setting apart the lands embraced within the Colorado River Indian reservation, to include / ' within Its boundaries, only such land as could be U3ed for agricultural pur- THE PARKER POST poses, and did not intend to include mineral land; and WHEREAS, the only land within said reservation, which can be used for Agricultural purposes, grazing or timber lands lies in the valley along the Eastern side of t/he Colorado rlv er; and WHEREAS, that portion of the land now taken in by the recent survey, as set forth above, which lies on the mesas or the mountains East of the valley does not contain a single acre of tillable land, contains no timber nor pasture, hence is of no Value whatever, except tor the mineral con tained in the gravel on the mesas or in the veins of ore in the mountains. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RE SOLVED by the House of Representa tives and the Senate of the State of Arizona, that we call upon the Con gress of the United States to enact such law as may be necessary to turn ish relief to owners of mines and min ing claims, located and worked prior to the recent survey, as above set forth, lying within the boundary lines of the said Colorado River Indian res ervation, to the end: that title to said mineral lands be confirmed to its present owners or their assigns. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to our Representatives in Congress, the Honorable Marcus A, Smith, the Honorable Henry iF. Ashurst, and the Honorable Carl F. Hayden, and that they be requested to do all in their power to bring about the passage o an Act that will afford the relief a? above prayed for. DEATH OF JUDGE WEST. John H. West, one of the most widely known men in San Bernardino county, and well known in Parker died Sunday evening at Patton, Cal., where he had (been ill for many months. Perhaps no man who evei lived in San Bernardino county num bered as many friends a.s Judge West For to them his word was known to be as good as his bond. Straightfor wardness, frankness and honesty wer sea ures of his character that stood out in bold relief even among manj other good qualities. For many years he represented th~ first supervisoral district or Needle;: district on the board of supervisors of San Bernardino county. Despite opposing candidates and a majority of voters belonging to the opposition party, Judge \Vest was elected to the board time and again. He was of the Democratic faith. He lived in Needles, to which place he was much endeared. It was there that) he won back health and strength during hit. earlier years and his loyalty to the town was characteristic. One brother of the family survives, Peter West., who lives in Neetles. The remains were brought to Need les Monday, and the funeral was held the following morning. SCOTT PRICE STRIKES PAY. A letter to The Post from Scott Price states that himself and partner. T. A. McCullough, have struck R rich in the Rain Crow mine, near Kirkland. They have a ten-stamp mill on the property and last week coin Dieted a trial ran of the ore, which plated S2O per ton in gold. About $40,000 worth of ore is in sight., and the mill will continue grinding out the yellow stuff for an indefinite per iod. Scott says that he has arrang ed to put tin a hoist and small mill at their Grass Roots mine in the Old Woman mountains early next fall. Hi: many friends will be pleased to learn of his good fortune, but,, then, it’s a pretty hard matter to keep this old desert tarrior from striking it rich eviery once in a while. ARIZONA’S COWBOY SENATOR. That the man who sets his .heart on the achievement of a given Object and sets his pegs continually in that direction stands a most gratifying chance to ultimately reach his desti nation, is well exemplified in the case of Henry F. Ashurst, one of the new senators from the state of Ari zona, who is attracting much atten tion at the national capital. His life reads like a genuine romance, with a southwestern setting that but adds to its charm. What Henry Asihurst has achieved in this direction is worthy the care ful study and emulation of other young men of the southwest, who may one day be called to high and important positions in the affairs o.' government. His achievement has blazed the way for those who may come after him, and if emulated by those who are looking in the same direction will insure to the south west the type of statesmanship that stands for something.—El Paso Times PARKER, YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA, SATURDAY. MAY 4. 1912. WESLEY AND JESSE MARTIN ARRESTED H. L. Wilson President of Copper field M. & M. Company, Alleges That Martins Broke Into Store house at Mine and Took Supplies. Wesley Martin was arrested Mon day noon by Deputy Sheriff E. H. Todd of San Bernardino just as hi 3 crossed the Parker railroad bridge from the Arizona side of the Colo rado river to the California side, on complaint of H. L. Wilson president of the Los Angeles Copperfield Min ing & Milling company, charged with larceny. He was immediately taken to Calzona, and from there accompan ied the deputy sheriff to San Bernar dino. It appears that the deputy sheriff resorted to a trick to get Martin a cross the river, claiming to parties on that side that he wanted to see some mining property belonging to Martin. Martin was telephoned about the mat ter and said he would be right over and bring along some samples. When he stepped from the bridge approach on the California side he was accosi ed by the officer, who said that he did not want to (buy his mine, but wanted him on a charge of larceny. His brother, Jesse Martin, is also a joint defendant. According to re ports reaching Parker yesterday he was arrested at Murietta Springs by Sheriff Ralphs. Jesse Martin had been spending some days at the springs with his bride of a week, on their honeymoon. H. L. Wilson, the complaining wit ness, was in Parker Wednesday and visited his camp in Whipple moun tains. Upon returning to town he stated that in checking up his supplies at the mine he found that between SSO and $75 worth of supplies are missing, consisting 01 powder, canned goods and some steel The principal witnesses for the state are William McGee, constable b. Parker, John Roberts, George Owen; and a Mexican named .Joe Flores. The latter claims to have been with Jesse Martin on one occasion when it is al’eged he visited the mine. .John Roberts and George Owens it is al leged were eye witnesses when Wes ley Martin is said to have broken in to the storehouse. The witnesses were hidden on a nearby hill and claim tc have seen a quantity of the stuff load ed on the wagon. After arriving a Drennan the stuff is said to have been cached, and part of it was se cured to be used as evidence against the accused men. The arrest of the Martins caused quite a sensation in Parker, where both brothers own considerable real estate and are reputed to be wealthy. Wesley Martin returned from San Bernardino Friday morning, having been released on $25 cash bail. The preliminary hearing will be held with in the next two or three weeks. TAFT FORCES WIN PHOENIX, May 2. —Backed to the wall, and pawing for air, Robert iS. Fisher, Dwight B. Heard and P. H. Hayes fought four hours last night to prevent the indorsement of Presi dent Taft by the republican ■state executive committee. They fought for the selection by primaries of dele gates to the Chicago convention. Af ter a state convention had been order ed for the 3rd of June, at Tucson, they wanted primaries to select dele gates to that gathering. But the old steam roller was in good working order and the Roose velt supporters were smashed out flat An indorsement of Taft was adopted by a A)te of 9 to 6 and a state con vention was called. The method of selecting delegates to that conven scion was left to the county com mittees, and the Taft forces are con fident that they control those com mittees, with one possible exception. A party from Parker was taken sev eral miles up the Colorado river on a sight-seeing and picnic excursion Sun day in the gasoline launch, Arizona, by H. L. Sullivan. Several stops were made at mines and places of in terest and a picnic dinner was eaten 'n one of the scenic canyons that are to be found up the river from Parker. The members of the party were; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lamoureaux and son, Ogbert, Mr. and Mrs. Ran dall Henderson, R. Q. Edgell and H. L. Sullivan. Messrs. Lamoureaux and Henderson had their kodaks and se cured a number of landscape views from the boat. TEDDY favorite IN CALIFORNIA Strength of Ex-President Surprises His Most Ardent Admirers —Appeal to Women Voters of Riverside County. / BLYTHE, Cal., May 2.—So far as California is concerned the coming week will decide who. are our favorite sons or rather our choice of candidates at the election this fall. The race between the republicans has now reached the stage where Taft and Roosevelt have practically eliminated the other hopefuls. Roosevelt has come forward the past two weeks at a rate that sur prises even his most ardent admirers, and wherever the choice was left to the people by primary elections, with two exceptions he has won the day by overwhelming majorities and can now point to the results of the pop dlar votes in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Missouri, Oregon, and we may as well add California to his list for there is no doubt that he will carry this state. Os course he has carried a number of other states and now is running neck and neck with Taft. Taft, on the other hand, has car ried New York and claims the dele gates from that state, but they are umnstructed, and most all his dele gates are from states where the old primary system is used, which is only a tool for political tricksters. As a republican we place our bet on Roose volt. The democrats are also putting up a pretty race for delegates, having three men in the field who are in the running. They are Clark. Wilson and Harmon, but Clark and Wilson have a shade the best of the going and they are about a stand off. From the trend of affairs recently it appears, however, that the burden of upholding the democratic platform wiv fall upon the shoulders of the man from Missouri. Anyway he is entitled to it for he has been a firn supporter of democratic principals all his life and his record as a democrat is one to be proud of. Let the republicans and democrat; alike, also socialists, turn out next Tuesday and vote for their favorite candidate, also the other matters that come up at that time. BLYTHE BRIEFS. Mr. Bowyer is erecting a new black smith shop at his old stand near the cotton gin, the building being made of corrugated iron. The Water company has been strengthening the intake the past week, having raised the retaining walls with a concrete wall three feet high. C. W. Adams reports that his mel on crop is coming along fine and that he is planning for a big “Melon Day’’ some time this summer, so be prepared. Marcus McClain has been awarded the contract for carrying the mail on the new route between here and Ehrenberg, the contract taking ef fect May 1. W. P. Hamilton and J. G. Hamil ton of El Centro were visitors in Blythe, coming in by auto last Friday 'I hey were shown over the valley by b A. Benson. John Reichling is busy these days working ihis mining claims down at the old Bay Horse. He has some ex cellent specimens to show, and says there are lots more like them. The voting at the primary election on May 14, will be held at the jail building as that day is the last day of school and it was thought best not to break in on the teachers’ plans Floyd Brown is having the engine and boiler set for the new barley rol ler mill just west of the lumber yard, the work being done by the Palo Verde Valley Brick Manufacturing Co. Fred Springer is very busy these days watching his apricots growing and says they are doing fine. This is not to be construed as a general invitation to the public to make him a visit when the crop ripens. Mrs. Viola J. Randall of Santa Ana, who has been visiting with her son, C. B. Randall of Blythe the past two weeks, left for her home last Fri day. Mr. Randall accompanied his mother home and will go on to Los Angeles and Riverside on business before he returns. The Palo Verde Motor Transit Co. is announcing special round trip rates between Blythe and Los Angeles to take effect from April 29 to May 6, the rate being $25.00 for the round trip which will be good for 60 days. Also that after Mayl the regular sum mer rates of $26.50 will go into ef fect. L. B. Todd reports that he has com pleted the well on the mesa for D. D. Shuck, the well being sunk to a depth of 300 feet and that there is almost 100 feet of water in the well. This well will furnish considerable vater for pumping purposes, but just how much ha 3 not yet been determin ed as no test has been made. A number of young folks met at the home of Miss Marion Hall last Friday night, the gathering being in the nature of a surprise on Miss Hail, it being her birthday, also a farwell for Miss Wallace, the teacher at Neighbours. The evening was spent with games, dancing and music and a very enjoyable evening resulted. Harold Gilmore and wife and E. A. Page and wife of Los Angeles drove into Blythe Friday evening by auto, having come byway of Mecca and the Chuckawalla valley where they have property. Mr. Gilmore reported the roads in good shape between Mec ca and Corona Wells and that with a few exceptions the roads caused them no trouble. They left for home Saturday afternoon. Dr. A. B. Brown has completed his new home and now enjoys a mod ern up-to-date cottage which is one of the best in the Valley. It contains four rooms with large porches and brick water tower and cooler. TTie doctor says that you had just as well l.a\e a modern house here as any where and that you will certainly en joy it as much here as any place else. E. S. Littlejohn did the carpenter work. Active work is now going on west of Rannells at the American Flag mine owned by the Stanchfield Gold Mining company. The company has several shafts down, one of which is 135 feet, and they have uncovered a large body of ore that runs about $15.00 a ton and is very easy tO' han dle. The company is not a stock selling scheme and is quietly going ahead with the work and may pos sibly greatly enlarge the present plant in a short time. Omar L. Babcock, Indian agent at Parker, and A. S. Prescott of the same place spent several days in Blythe the past week. JNjlr. Babcock is interested in placing am umber of Indian boys among the Blythe ranch ers, as he is anxious to have them learn the modern methods employed in farming, especially the cotton crop, as he is of the opinion that the In dians will raise cotton extensively on the lands now being allotted them. Both gentlemen were much pleased with this valley and the activities taking place here and say as soon as the reservation is thrown open to settlement that Parker will be right with us in helping to make the Colo rado river district famous. DEVICE SHOWS ALKALI IN SOILS. Through the use of am instrument known as the “slide-wire bridge,” a device often used in determining the electrical resistance of a conductor, the United States department of agriculture has found it possible to examine the thousands of acres of soil within the arid regions of the United States and determine acur ately whether these soils are exces sively charged with alkali. The test ing of soils to determine the amount of harmful soluble salts present is par ticularly important where the govern ment has opened up Indian reserva tions for settlement, and on the lands adjacent to the big federal irrigation projects. Irrigation has tended to bring alkali to the surface, and the lands so affected have to be treated by flooding and otherwise, so it is of great importance that the amount of alkali in the soil be aeurately known to a depth of a! least 6 feet. ARIZONA FOR CALIFORNIANS. To those who have visited the state of California, more particularly the southern portion, and heard the res idents of that favored clime expand on the advantages to be secured there it seems strange that so many of those same people given to telling the world of their unexcelled land, are pulling up stakes and coming to Arizona. Like the well advertised pro duct from a Battle Creek concern, “there’s a reason.” Moreover, these same Californians, who a year ago were boasting day and night for their state. ha\Ae been coming over into Arizona and are now getting their wind, so that they may begin spread ing the gospel of a greater Arizona.— Mesa Free Press. HELP IN SIGHT FOR ENTRYMEN Senator Perkins Introduces Bill in Congress in Behalf of Settlers in the Palo Verde and Chuckawalla Valleys. A recent Washington dispatch says that in behalf of many who took up desert land in the Palo Verde and Chuckawalla valleys, Senator Perkins has introduced a bill reading as fol lows: “No desert land entry heretofore made in good faith under the public land laws for lands in townships five, six, and seven, south, ranges seven teen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty and twenty-one, east, S. B. M., State of California, shall be cancelled because of failure on the part of the entrymen to make any annual or final proof fal ling due upon any such entry prior to May 1. 1913.” Continuing, the dispatch says: “Many delays and disappointments havje befallen those who took up these lands. There was a plan to dam the Colorado to get water for irrigation. Congress was slow to grant permis sion to put in a dam. and meantinme the claim holders were expected to \ perform work in accordance with the law for the reclamation of their lands. “Among others, R. S. Hainwaid of San Francisco, wrote to Senator Per kins explaining the difficulties beset ting the claimants and asking ‘that a bill be passed by congress with drawing the land from entry pending proper investigation of conditions and ascertaining through the proper department of the government for what, if any use, the land can be reclaimed, and that during such per iod the requirments of an annual ex penditure of one dollar per acre by the entryman be suspended.’ “The Interior department told Sen ator Perkins that in its opinion ‘the circumstances disclosed do not au thorize or justify it in promulgating any order suspending the township:' in such manner as to relieve the en trymen from the requirments of the law, nor does the department deem it practical, or advisable, to undertake the investigation suggest ed, through the detail of an expert from the Reclamation Service for the reason that a complete investigation to determine the ultimate feasibility of any efficient scheme of reclama tion for the lands would cover such a broad field and require the examina tion into such numerous details that the expense to be incurred would be unwarranted.’ “Neither would the department recommend an investigation of the lands as to agricultural possibilities, believing that a dangerous precedent would be established thereby. It de clared that it would have to enforce the laws requiring expenditure for reclamation and cultivation until Con gress would suspend such laws and believed that a year’s time should be givten for entrymen, ‘who have per haps been deceived as to physical and climatic conditions and who have already been induced in some in stances, to make large expenditures, which will all he lost unless the lands can be economically reclaimed and are worth reclaiming.’ ” ONLY FORTY FEET TO GO. The siphon tunnel under the Colo rado river is rapidly nearing com pletion, says the Yuma Sun. Only fourty more feet, of actual tunnel will be excavated when the tunnel is to reach the wall of the siphon shaft on the California side of the river. Daily and nightly, working in three shifts of eight hours each the sand hogs are boring the tunnel to its fin al end. When the tunnel reaches the California siphon shaft the wall of that shaft will have to he cut and the tunnel connected therewith and the work will be completed. The middle of June, baring any mishaps, will see tins part of the work com pleted. It has been a long hard pull, hut the end is now in sight. A BIG DIKE. The big dike along the Colorado river in the Mohave valley is fast as suming proportions of magnitude. The dike will be one of the largest in the west and will reclaim many thous ands of acres of the richest farm lands in the state. Much of the re claimed lands will be planted to altal fa and cotton as soon as it is well protected from the overflow of the river.—Mohave County Miner. No. 52.