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TO CONSERVE FLOOD WATERS MOVEMENT LAUNCHED IN LOS ANGELES TO IMPOUND THE COLORADO RIVER FOR IRRIGA TION PURPOSES. LOS ANGELES, Aug. I.—A move ment having as its object the con servation of the waters of the Colo rado river was launched yesterday b\ Dr. George Wharton .lames, secretary <if the Chtickawalia and Palo Verde Valley Irrigation association, before the board mee ting of the Los Ang< lc; chamber of commerce. The move ment is cf vital interest to thousands of farmers and land holders of Im perial valley. Palo Verde valley, Chuckawalla valley and the Colorado triver deserts. The association back ing the movement is an improvement association supported by contribu tions from the members. The initial object is to adopt means for combating with the men aces of flood during the wet season along the Colorado river and with the dirotight of the dry season. The chamber of commerce yesterday dis cussed the proposition in a .broad way and refe.rred it to a comma; tee which was instructed to investigate and report on the advisability of giv ing the movement the support the organization. Writes to Congressmen. Many letters have been forwarded to all of the senators and representa tives from Arizona, Utah, W> omii.g, Colorado, California and Nevada re questing their attention and support. The letter read by Dr. James point ed out the fact that fifteen points have been established by the gec logiical survey at which dam-; might, bo built, thus storing millions of feet of water until needed and affording permanent protection for the ilanuh ers. These points are located An Wy oming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The buildiing of these dams demands am appropriation of from three to five million dollars. Excerpts from Letter. The following are excerpts from the letter of Dr. Tames giving bis arguments in part: “The Colorado river is a constant °jnd two-fold menace to all the people raiding along its borders and rely ing upon it for water to irrigate the 6? lands. When the snows of the mountains are melted with too great rapidity, the river goes on The ram page, washes away levees and’ res training walls, eats into towns and \ destroys bridges, floods large settled areas, destroys thou sands of dollar's’ worth of property, causes occasional lons of life and sends discomfort and insecurity tha are disadvantageous alike to comfort able living and prosperous business. Menace to Many Towns. “There are several commumiitie® in California and Arizona which are bus affOkted and to which the Col orado river is a continuous menace; these are Cottouia, the Indian land., at Needles, the town of Needles, the Chetmehuevi valley, Cibola, portions of the Palo Verde valley, the Yuma and the Imperial valley, while great Indian reservation, the Yuma valley, ituctc cf land in Mexico are also con stantly threatened. “This year in May and June the river rose unexpectedly, flooded Lm mcause areas of land, washed away levees that had been constructed at thousands of dollars of expense, des troyed miles of canals and caused great finan'eial loss. The president wars califd upon for- help and suggest ed the passage of a bill authorizing the immediate expenditure of a mil lien aid a quarter of dollars to i. build and le in force the pi meeting levees and thus relieve the sir nation. Senator Works and all the other sen a-terr and representatives of the states involved worked valiantly for the bill and it duly became a law. While this its a great .step In the right direction, 1. is apparent to those who have given much thought and study vo the qu« txan that k does not adequately meet the situation.” RAILROADS DON’T LIKE LAWS. Petitions asking tihat liive laws afffcting railroads--., be referrf d to the people at tire November election are being circulated by repre.wemia tives of the various railway compan ies. The petitions must be filed with the secretary of slate within ninety days after the legislature’s adjoum- THE PARKER POST meat, and then the railroads will make a strenuous educational cam paign to persuade the voters that the laws requiring electric head lights on engines, 3-cant fares, the employment of experienced men in train service and semi-monthly paj days, as well as the measure fixing the number of men in train crewis, should be repealed. Threats are being made to aboli, h ali special rates if the 3-oent far law' goes into effect. It is stated that there will be no more reduced fares to conventions, to the coast br the state fair. Petitions for three of the law's were circulated in Parker during the past week, each receiving about twen ty signers. The 3-ceuft fare and semi monthly pay day petitions have not as vei pul in an appearance here, but, according to the Phoenix papers they are being circulated in various part * of the state. ANOTHER BILL. According to the Congressional Rec ord of July 25, Senator Heniry F. Ashunst of Arizona has introduced an other bill in the senate regarding the lands of the Colorado River Indian reservation. The bill is known as S 7365 and provides for the allot ment and sale of certain lands ‘ tin the reservation. It was read first and second times and referred to the committee on Indian affairs. A copy of the bill will be received by this paper as soon as printed and will ap peal in a future issue, probably next week. It is believed that the new' bill was introduced on account of the objec tions of the interior department to the bill now pending before the com mittee on public lands, which pro vides for the reclamation of the lands under the Carey act. However, The Post will be able to give full details of the matter as soon as w r e hear from Mir. Ashunst. YUMA COUNTY GAINS WEALTH ASSESSED VALUATION SHOWS A GAIN OF $412,475.69 OVER LAST YEAR ACCORDING TO STATE TAX COMMISSION. The state tax eommisisom has is sued the following report of the taxes for Yuma county, which shows nearly four and a half millions of taxable property on the 1912 roll of the county and showing a splendid increase all along the line. Yuma county’s assessed valuation is $4,481,831.49, a gain of $412,475.69 over last year. The above figures do not include county or state prop erty, or school lands or school build ings. The railroads An the county, last year, w'ere assessed at $1,437,750,and this year $1,733,129.99, a gain of $289,379.99. The telephone and telegraph com panies are included in the new' as sessment, assessed at. $34 297.50. Last year they ware not assessed bv ithe county, paying at that time to the state a certain per cent of their gross income. The merchandise An the county has a valuation of $116,950, as against last year’s of $112,225. Automobiles —Last July there were sixteen automobiles at a valuation of $3,400; this year there are twenty - sevem at a valuation of $4,725. There are 95,584 acres of land in this county, of which there are 8,000 acres in the Yuma valley under cul tivation, with a total valuation of $1,009,620, and the value of the im provements on the same As $34,465. City and town lots have a valua tion of $574,735, with improvements to the amount of $259,975. The assessed valuation of some of the other property in this county, ais shown by the report, concluded Sat urday, Js as follows: Non-iprodactive patented mines, at $114,900; improvements on same, $37, 800. Improvements on non-productive, nupatented mines, $66,050. There are three smelters, at valua tion of $79,400. Five banks are assessed at $92,331. ONE MURDER A DAY. NEW YORK, Aug, 2. —One tnur der a day is the toll of human life for th< month of July in the city of New' York, according to the statistics issued by the police department. Gangsters are responsible for five of the murders and the police are cred ited with one. PARKER, YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA. SATURDAY. AUGUST 3. 1912. BULL MOOSE CONVENTION FIRST STATE CONVENTION OF NEW PARTY ELECTS FIFTEEN DELEGATES TO NATIONAL PRO GRESSIVE CONVENTION. The first state convention of the new progressive party in Arizona was held in Phoenix last Tuesday. Sev enty-tt wo delegates from the various counties were in attendance, and in numerous speeches the budding ora tors in the new party expounded its principles. The convention organized by nam ing Tom Mallory of Yuma as chair man, and J. C. Greenwnay as secre tary. The following were named as delegates to the Chicago convention, which is to nominate Theodore Roose velt for president: Walter B. Congdom of Cochise, W. O. Tuttle and Adolph Baatz of Gila, Robert S. Fisher, Peary H. Hayes, Dwight B. Heard and Geo. U. Young of Maricopa, Dan Worth of Mohave, Thomas Marshall and Ben Daniels of Pima, E. K. Cum mings, and Paul Fernel'l of Santa Cruz, Frank Townsend of Yuma, Wiley Woodrow of Pinal, and A. L. Cummings of Greenlee. The following resolution condemn ing President Taft’s Mexican policy w r as unanimously adopted: Protection of Americans. “Be it resolved. That the progres sive party of Arizona, in convention assembled, affirm our approval of, and adherence in, the time honored American principle of the protection of American citizens domiciled in foreign lands, and hereby express our disapproval and condemnation of the weak and vase i Hating policy of the present deplorable and chaotic con ditions in the Republic of Mexico, and An its failure to afford protection of American citizens in that repub lic.” instructed for Roosevelt. The delegates to the national con vention were instructed to vote for Roosevelt for president in the fol lowing resolution: “Realizing that the principles ad vocated by the progressive party w'lli be best represented and upheld by Theodore Roosevelt, that great and genuine American citizen, cham pion of human rights and fair deal ing; therefore be It resolved by the state convention of the progressive party of Arizona, held at the city of Phoenix on the 36th day of July, 1912, that the delegates chosen by this, convention to attend the national convention of the progressive party, to be held al Cihlcago on the sth day of August next, are hereby directed and instructed to use every honorable effort to secure the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt by said conven tion as candidate for president of the United States." GEN. ROYER HONORED. Gen. J. O. Royer of Anaheim was elected last night to the office of Brigadier-Commander of the Californ ia brigade, uniform rank, Knights of Pythias. The election was partici pated in by 150 regimental and com puny officers from all sections of California. Gen. Royer is well known in Parker, and has many friends here who congratulate him in being signally honored by the Pytih ians of the Golden State. He is general manager of the Quartz King mine, located east of Parker, and has always been a con sistent booster foi* the Parker coun try. TORNADO VISITS NEEDLES. A small tornado struck the town of Needles Friday of la&t week follow in'- a thunder storm. Two Indian children were billed and several per sons were injured. A piled-river at work on the river protection construction w r as blown down the track against a steel car, v. bich was pushed 500 yards. A nu-ir ber of Indians fleeing before the storm were caught by the ear. Two Indian children were killed, a third fatally Injured, and a squaw lost an arm and leg and her recovery is doubtful. JAPAN’S EMPEROR DEAD. TOKIO, July 29. —M-utsu Hi 10, Emperor of Japan, died last night at 12:43 o’clock, after an illness which began to assume a serious aspect on July 19. All the imperial princes were near at hand in the palace when the end came. MANY DETAILS TO BE SOLVED WATER QUESTION PRINCIPAL SUBJECT FOR DISCUSSION AMONG RESIDENTS OF PALO VERDE VALLEY. BLYTHE, Cal., August I—The water question is stiiil the top ic of conversation whenever two or more get together and everything ap pears to be working out all right. From the expressions made at the meeting in Los Angeles it appears that there will be absolutely no op position. and at that meeting there were people representing every in terest in the valley. Oxnard was represented by Messrs. A. L. Hobson, Steward, Don lon and Murphy, and their opinion was ex pressed An the remarks made by Mr. Hobson, and in a private interview Ms. Hobson went much farther in making it clear that they realized that conditions must be changed. An excellent committee was ap pointed to make investigations as how best to proceed and has held several meetings and is thoroughly canvassing everything that looks in any way favorable. The greatest drawback so far en countered with the Bnidgeford act is the question of levee building, which is not specific ally provided for in that act, but will require an amend ment to the act. This can be easily brought about when our law' making body meets this winter, and in the meantime, we have many other com plications to clear utp before we are ready to vote for a bond issue. Before we even take steps to or ganize under any system it will be necessary to have a meeting of the stockholders of the Mutual Water company and see how they feel re garding this question and to make some plans’ to arrive at the solution of what the system is worth, or how to find out. its value. There is also the question of s large amount of stock yet unsold which is held by the Palo Verde Land & Water company and also 40,000 shares held by the Mutual company. The stockholders are anxious to get some idea of how they are coming out before they sign up for any district for irrigation, and also they want to know what sort of a settlement they can make with the Land company which has advanced to the water company considerable motiey for various purposes. There is also the question of whether the Mutual company will take bonds in exchange for the stock 01 whether it wants cash, and these things had best be threshed out at present and settled, and then, if the district wants to go ahead knowing the attitude of the Mutual company, well and good. If it does not there b no use taking any further action » ug the present lines. However, ryone is willing to do what is right and there is no question only tc work out details. LIQUOR CAUSE OF DEATH. On Thursday of last week word was brought im that a dead Mexican had been found bet,ween here and Ehranbeng and upon investigation lit was found to be Alex Franco. It appears that he had been over to Ehrenberg Wednesday and had been drinking very hard. He started home with a good supply on hand for fu ture use and had reached the levee when he fell from his home and was rendered unconscious by the fall, and soon succumbed to the heat, but was not found until Thursday. A coroner’s jury consisting of Joe Hopkins, Ernest Smith, Geo. Rice, M. Salano, H. M. Rodman and Dr. Candzhier was summoned and render ed a verdict that the deceased came to his death by falling from bis horse and exposure to the heat while un der the influence of liquor. GOOD PROGRESS ON ROAD. Work on the Blythe Jc. road is piogressiimg very satisfactorily and nearly a mile of the road is now completed and ready for use. It will be only a matter of a few weeks un til all the bad sandy spots are plank ed, and then the worst of the work will be over. The other bad places will be graded up and graveled and when the auto service is installed the first of October they should be able to make good time. The Southern Pacific is not going to lay dowm and give up without a struggle, however, and preparations are being made to put the line be tween here and GLainis in first clasts condition TO DAM SAN PEDRO RIVER. A deal involving over $150,000 for the construction of a dam on the San Pedro river, 12 miles from Ben son, Ariz., has just been completed by Murray J. Morley, secretary of the Benson board of trade, who lias been in Los Angeles interesting local cap ital for the big engineering feat, which will benefit over 15,000 acres of land when completed. Os the 15,000 acres of unclaimed land which will he directly benefited by the water, 10,000 acres are at present owned by the government bint will soon be opened up to home steaders, the other 5,000 acres being land that, lias been already taken up by farmers from the middle west. The land, which the w'ater will benefit, according to Mr. Morley, is excellent land for all kinds of farm ing, while it is possible that the wa ter will he utilized for many of the mining properties in the vicinity of Benson. At the present time the land which is now held by the gov ernment is almost worthless for agri culture, but wiith water there is no limit to the possibilities as crops of certain kinds are grown twice a year. STATE PHONES MERGE. Sufficient of stocks and bonds of the Overland Telephone company hav ing been deposited with trustee, the sale of the property to Mountain States Telephone company, tentative ly made some time ago, was consum mated Monday. Mountain States com pany bought Arizona Consolidated company some months ago, and will consolidate both systems in one throughout the state. DEVELOPMENTS AT SWANSEA AFTER REPEATED FREEZING SMELTER WAS AGAIN START ED THURSDAY—MINE DEVELOP MENT CURTAILED. Since the Swansea smelter has been blown in considerable trouble has been experienced by the fur naces freezing up, due, iit is claimed, to the ciharaoter of ore coming from the mine. Another start was made Thursday morning and the Swansea ore carrying a high percentage of iron is to be omitted until a good start has been made on Humboldt ore. Then it is the intention to mix Swan sea ore, and unless satisfactory re sults. can be obtained the manage ment will put in reverberatory fur naces, which, it is said, will solve the problem, as the ore is self ing when smelted by this process. The ore body between the 300 and 400-foot, levels has been exposed for 20 feet in width, and runs a little better than 7 percent in copper com tent, with an iron base. Aibout 125 miners were layed off the past week. It is said that the extensive development work recently inaugurated iis to be curtailed until the new company can make certain arrangements with the old comipau Regarding wihat these arrangementc are, we are not at liberty to pub lish at this time, but it. is definitely known that the new management is well satisfied with the property and intends to develop i;t. to its capac ity. There is still a force of abort 175 men on. the pay-roll, and it is not probable that, the force will be de creased further. The smelter will continue indefinitely, and it believed that more miners will b put on in bhe near future. CAMERON MAY RUN. According to Phoenix advices it is learned that Ralph H Cameron will i m against Carl Hayden for congress on the regular republican ticket thii3 fall. R. S. Fisher of Phoenix, iit iis also reported, will be the candidate on ihe progressive republican ticket.. Cameron is in Washington, but is expected home shortly to begin his campaign. ARIZONANS ENDORSED. Ait. a meeting of the Yuma Champ Clark club last. Saturday night the organization changed over to a Woodrow Wilson club. The club endorsed United States Senators Mark Smith and Henry F, Ashurst and Congressman Hayden, pledging Its support to all three for renomina tion and re-election. RECLAIMING DESERT LAND A NATION’S GREATNESS HAS ITS FOUNDATION IN THE HOME OF THE MAN WHOSE FEET ARE PLANTED UPON HIS OWN SOIL. The following article by Charles .1. Blanchard, statistician of the reclam ation service, will be of interest to everyone seeking a home on our un occupied public lands. Mr. Blanchard is an enthusiastic believer in the slogan, “America for Americans,’’and he believes the government should do everything possible to keep Ameri cans from emigrating to foreign soil. He has traveled over every foot of ground now being reclaimed, and is probably the best posted man on the subject in the country. “The home-making instinct is a well-developed trait in American char aeter,” said Mr. Blanchard, in speak ing of home-making by the govern ment. “Our forefathers who landed on the bleak shores of New England, their descendants, the pioneers of the middle west, the Argonauts of this generation who crossed the trackless plains, were impelled by this instinct more than by the love of adventure or the lure of gold to wander forth into strange lands. “The great question of providing homes for our people is a big one. The rapid narrowing of the boundary of our unoccupied public lands and the tremendous increase in land values in all the settled sections the United States render it in or eas ing ly difficult for a man of small means to get a foothold on the land There is congestion in many of our cities, and the menace of a great population of underfed and poorly housed people increases each year. “A nation’s greatness has its foun dation in the home of the man whose feet are firmly planted upon his own land. Tber< is no national stability in a citizenship boim and reared in tenements. Patriotism, loyalty, and civic pride are not bred and fostered in the great centers of population. The destiny of the nation is fore shadowed in the provisions made for the prosperity and contentment oi its citizens. “And so our legislators have fin ally recognized that it is a national duty to render the acquirement of homes as easy as possible. Areas greater in extent than many of the original states have been donated for the purpose of making habitable irnused lands. At one time the prop erty of the United States embraced 1,800,000,000 acres. Today it has been reduced to less than 400,000,000 acres. Out of that public land twen ty vigorous commonwealths have arisen, and an agricultural empire 'has come into being that is t.oda> the marvel of the world. “But the difficult part is now 7 to come. In many parts of the pub lic lands still left nature has placed in position all the natural elements required for a prosperous country, ex cept rainfall. How to overcome the absence of water and thus bring this region to its proper state of develop ment is today the problem that Un cle Sam is solving. There is no ques tion but what its successful solution will provide a safety valve against the dangers of congestion in the great cities of the east. Effect on Character Building. “Then there is the other side of the question. The economic value of national irrigation cannot be meas ured in dollars and cents. The des ert made habitable offers the boon of health to him who builds a bouse upon it. You cannot fix the possi hilities of this great land of silence and sunshine. Its influence is tre mendous in character-molding. In stead of the dead level of mediocrity which prevails in modern city life, the desert offers the uplift of vast distances, perpetual sunshine, and the individual home, with the broad er ‘rcedom of action that comes from the great life that springs from the besom of the desert when water is applied. “Many projects of the government which aie ready for irrigation contain large areas of land for sale by pri vate owners who are under agreement to dispose of their holdings. Under the reclamation law no farm will con tain more than 160 acres, the only requirement being that every settler must reside upon the land and cul tivate it for three years before be secures a title. 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