Newspaper Page Text
CLAIMS WHOLE RESERVATION FAKE DEEDS AND SALES OF COLORADO RIVER INDIAN RE SERVE AGAIN BOBS INTO THE LIMELIGHT. Robert Connelly of Los Angeles, while in the act of trying to sell a big slice of the Colorado River In dian reservation, has again bobbed into print and notoriety. Just about this time of year for the past four years the old canard of the sale of the reservation by Indians holding tribal rights bobs up. The Los Ange papers fall for the old story every spring and come out in big head lines to the effect that the govern ment may not own the thousands of acres of rich agricultural land locat ed in the Parker valley. In the past The Post has publish various versions of the story. The matter has been investigated by the government, and there isn’t any dan ger of any further investigation from that source, for it has been fully de termined that Connelly’s claim is pure fake. Even the famous ex-Sen ator Lorimer of Illinois was at one time slipped a deed for 50,000 acres of this land by some grafter. An other man living at Salt Lake also bought 50,000 acres,and it was some time later that these parties discover ed that the deeds were worthless, and that title has always remained in the government since the first presidential proclamation setting the land aside as an Indian reservation. When the matter first came up the original deed dated back before the civil war, and this instrument en deavored to purport that the Indians at that time disposed of the land. The deed mentioned the reserva tion, its metes and bounds, all of which were incorrect. As a matter of fm ■ the land at that time was , not an Indian reservation at all. The latest dope in connection with Con- 4 nelly’s claim is taken from the Los Angeles Examiner, dated, last Sat urday, and is as follows: “One of the most remarkable in vestigations ever undertaken by Fed eral authorities here began yester day when United States District At torney Schoonover was advised of an attempt to dispose by deed of 100,- 000 acres of land in the Colorado In dian reservation. The value of the land is estimated as high as $2,000- 000. “If certain documents purporting to be on record in the recorder’s of fice at Yuma county arc* bona fide,the government will be confronted with the problem of clearing title to about half the area compi ising the reser vation. “The investigation involves tribal transactions dating back to the six ties and was launched to ascertain, among other things, whether the gov ernment really owns the reservation. “The alleged conveyance of 100,000 acres of rich river bottom land, boun ded on the west by the Colorado riv er and on the east by a high range of mountains, was called to the atten tion of the Federal authorities yes terday by Fred L. Ingerham, county attorney of Yuma County, Ariz. In graham had been asked for advice by the recorder of Yuma County when C. L. Hinman, a Los Angeles realty operator, requested a certified copy of a deed in behalf of a client who claims to owin the large tract. “While Assistant United States Attorney Archbald, who is in charge of the investigation, believes the gov ernment’s title is in no way affect ed, it appears that the Indians them selves, regardless of the reservation by the government of the lands oc cupied by them, attempted to dispose of the 100,000 acre tract and the land was handed down from one per son to another until now it is claim ed by Robert Connelly, 1238 West Eighth street, this city. His attempt to dispose of it through the Hinman Company revealed the tribal transfer a half century ago. “An abstract, which was submit ted t.o the United States Attorney, tells of a ceremony participated in by certain Indian chieftan in 1888, whereby Moses Abromet, Jr., son of an adopted chief came into pos sesion of the tract. “Abromet’s father, born in France, came to Arizona and settled on the Colorado reservation. He became a favorite of the Indians and finally was adopted as their chief. In re cognition of his newly acquired power THE PARKER POST 20 j, OOO acres of the land —almost the Ihe entire territory occupied by the Indians —was presented to him iby Chief I.ingdow, the retiring head of the tribe. “In 1888, so the story goes, Abrom et deeded the property to his son, who in turn disposed of it to William Craves of Vincinnes, Ind. Graves cam--* into possesion it is alleged, Oc tober 19, 1901, and it was from him. tnat Connelly is said to have purchas ed 100,000 acres. According to infor mation furnished to Assistant United Siates Attorney Archbald, Connelly claims to have paid SIOO,OOO for the tract. “The present Colorado Indian reser vation comprises territory involved in four separate withdrawal proclama tions, the first of which was in 1865 and the last in 1876. “Connelly declares that the deed conveyinj the property to him was recorded in Yuma County on Octo ber 17, 1911. “According to Federal officials the land is extremely valuable for agri cultural purposes. It extends from Enrenberg, Ariz., along the Colorado rv j r to Parker, Ariz. One of its boundaries is marked by a monu ment erected by the Indians to the memory of Chief Abromet, who died in 1902 The monument is eighty nme feet high and is made of petrifi ed wood, skillfully carved. “The United States Attorney’s of fice will seek the co-operation of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington in his investigation.” TWO CONTRACTS AWARDED. At a special meeting of the share lio ders of the Yuma-Warrior Mining company, held in Prescott Monday afternoon, in lieu of the annual meeting, .the following board of di rectors was elected: Charles T. Josliu, W. A. Drake, William J. Mulvenon and H. William Stevens.of Prescott; Robert. W. Hunt, W. O. Johnson and Francis A. Hardy, of Chicago. Gn Saturday of this week, the di rectors convene, and the election of officers will take place. A resolu tion was presented and passed by unanimous vote of the directorate approving and ratifying the action taken by President Stevens in the conduct <tf the affairs of the com pany. A large majority of the stock was represented, and the awarding of two contracts, the bidders being on ihe ground at the camp, ready Lo begin development, was among Ihe more important mine movements disposed of for the future. To the extent of work performed iu l ecent months, mine conditions were said to be encouraging. Plans for a large line of development are to be formulated, and the appoint ment of a general manager will be considered later. This company is developing the old Bonanza holdings iu the Harqua Halas, the group that has produced several millions of dollars in gold.—Prescott Journal- Miner. BURGLARIZE P. C. CO. The store of the Parker Commer cial company was burglarized about 4 o’clock Friday morning. Four dol lars in small change was taken from the cash register, and a rifle b - longing to C. E. Beck was stolen. The cash register was open, and the thief or thieves overlooked sl.lswhich was in a compartment in the rear of the drawer. A cash draw located in the office of the store, was broken open, but this contained no money. An entrance was effected by forc ing the front doors, the lock being broken in the operation. Mrs. Wm. Clayton, landlady of the Manitaba ho tel, heard a noise at about 4 o’clock, but as the wind was blowing! she be lieved it was caused by it. A. Ming, assessor of Yuma county, oc cupied a room directly above the store, and he was awakened at about the same time by some unusual noise but he didn’t realize that burglars were at work down stairs. Up to the time of going to press no clue had been obtained as to the identity of the thieves. OLNEY FOR GOVERNOR. George Olney, chairman of the state democratic central committee, which met here Monday, is the latest avowed candidate for governor next fall. Olney does not claim to have been a seeker for the nomination but is understood to have agreed to fight for the honor since it is the will of “many of his friends.” —Arizona Ga zette. FOR SALE —3000 second-hand ore and cement sacks, cheap. Inquire H. L. Sullivan. PARKER. YUMA COUNTY, ARIZONA. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 21, 1914. JUAN LARA MEETS DEATH WHILE RUNNING AMUCK Armed With Rifle Mexican Terrorized Resi dence Section Until Shot by Posse While His Rifle Was Leveled at G. A. Marsh, Who He Threatened to Kill. Shortly after 1 o’clock Saturday af ternoon Juan Lara, a Mexican, aged about 38 years, was shot and killed by a posse of citizens. Lara was running amuck, armed with a 303 Savage rifle. Ppon reaching Arizona avenue, be tween C and D streets, when re quested by G. A. Marsh to throw down his gun, Lara stated that he would kill him, and leveled his rifle Marsh, who was horseback. It became at once apparent that Marsh would be killed, and several shots were fired at the unfortunate I.ara, who seemed to have been tem porarily insane over an indulgence of too much intoxicants. While his rifle was leveled at Marsh, and before he had time to pull the trigger, a shot from one of the members of the posse hit Lara in the right breast near the shoulder, and he dropped to the ground, fatally wounded. He die 1 about twenty minutes later. Lara Acted Insane. The trouble which led up to Lara’s death started at his home, located north of Matt Turk’s residence. Neighbors living in the vicinity heard two or three rifle shots, and noticed another Mexican running from the house accompanied by Lara’s wife and children who were seeking places of shelter from the flying bul lets. Lara then started out in the direc tion of R. C. Saufley’s home, firing and shouting. Otto Korn met him, and asked him that he give up his rifle, but this Lara refused to do. In testifying before the coroner’s in quest later Mr. Korn stated that La ra appeared more like a maniac than a drunken man, although it is known that the deceased had been drink ing heavily for a few days previous to the tragedy. Threatened to Kill G. A. Marsh. Fearing that Lara would kill some one in his random shooting a posse of citizens was hurriedly organized and started in pursuit with the in tention of disarming the Mexican, G. A. Marsh, on account of being mounted on his horse, was the first one to get within close range of the fellow. He called to him to lay down his rifle and submit to arrest. This command only brought forth the rejoinder, “I will kill you.’’Marsh was armed with a six-shooter, and for a tinie the citizens in pursuit were expecting momentarily to see Marsh drop from his horse when the Mexican drew a careful bead on him While in the act of aiming at Marsh two or three shots were heard, and Lara fell. ARIZONA-EMPIRE MINES SOLD TO SYNDICATE OF CAPITALISTS A syndicate of well-known mining men and capitalists have just closed a deal for the Arizona-Empire mines, located northeast of Parker. While lhe exact purchase price has not been given out *it is said to have been close to a half million dollars, with a substantial cash payment down. The syndicate which has purchas ed the property includes such well known mining men as E. J. Carter, brother to the late Senator Tom Car ter of Montana; L. W. Getchell of Prescott, general manager of the old Cash property in Yavapai county; O. L. Johnson, a multi-millionaire of Seattle, Wash., who cleaned up a fortune in the early Klondike days; Capt. W. J. Dawson of Butte, Mont., a prominent engineer. There are sev« eral others who are concerned in the deal, but whose names this paper was unable t.o learn. i Active work at the mines is to be started on or before March 9 un der the contract entered int.o between the purchasers and the Arizona- Empire Copper Mines company, the control of which is held by James H. The fatal shot entered the right side, and Icame out in a downward course near the fifth rib. He was taken to his home, where he died soon afterwards from internal hemor rhages. John Barleycorn to Blame. The deceased leaves a wife and sev eral small children. He had been working for Mr. Tolliday, who had paid him off the morning of the tra gedy. It appears that Lara had been drinking heavily prior to the time he rail amuck. The funeral occurred Sunday from the undertaking parlors of J. F. Collins. The deceased’s wife and family have the sympathy of the whole com munity. Everybody regrets the oc currence that resulted in the unfor tunate man’s death, but as the cir cumstances in the case show.it was unavoidable. John Barleycorn alone was to blame, as Lara is said to have been a law-abiding man when not un der the influence of liquor. Thei Coroner’s Inquest. A coroner’s inquest over the death of Lara was held at the offfice of Justice of the Peace Collins at 4 o’clock the same day. The following were empaneled as jurors: A. S. Pres cott, Wm. Rogers, E. L. Bowman, R. H. Fuller, Chas. Allen and J. B. Flan agan. Justice of the Peace Collins had several witnesses subpoenaed who of; sered testimony at the inquest. The following is the testimony ad duced at the hearing: Testimony of G. A. Marsh. MR. COLLINS—TeII this court what you saw in relation to the kil ling of Juan Lara. MR. MARSH —I was playing ball front of my store when Mr. Flana gan came running up the street, say ing that there was a drunken Mexi can with a rifle shooting near Mr. Saufley’s house. Several who heard this, including myself, started to get some guns. I rode my horse over to my house and met my wife in the yard with a six-shooter in her hand, which I took from her, and started in the direction they said the Mexi can had taken, with the intention of helping to disarm him before he could do any damage. As I rode up to him I called to him to throw down his gun—that we had him. Those are the words I used. He turned around, saying, “I kill you,” and drew a bea<| on me with his rifle. At this time the shooting began. I noticed at least three shots throw up the dirt around the Mexican before he called out, “You have gotta me.” All luring this time he was trying to shoot with his gun leveled at me. Watson and the Moses brothers of Los Angeles. A deep shaft is to be started at once, it is said, and a new wagon road is to be built by w r ay of the Billy Mack mine, which will shorten the distance to the mines by about three or four miles. The Arizona-Empire mines con tain p'-obably the greatest surface showing of any gold-copper property in the state. Approximately SIOO,- 000 have been expended in develop ment work, and there are numerous tunnels and shafts in which large bod i.ps of ore have been developed. It is understood that the new own ers contemplate inagurating an ex tensive development campaign. Among other things it is likely that eventually a railroad and a smelter will be among the improvements that will be necessary to make the Ari zona-Empire one of Arizona’s famous producers of the red and yellow r met als. Capt. Dawson is to be the general manager of the property, and the de velopment work is to be under his personal supervision. At the time he was shot he turned down his rifle and staggered back wards. I then rode up to him and picked up the gun, and handed it to someone. MR. COLLINS —Did he shoot at any one when he was shooting? MR. MARSH —No, he was shooting at random. Testimony of J. C. Calhoun. MR. COLLINS—Were you present at the time this shooting was going on? MR. CALHOUN —I heard four or five shots between our house and Tol liday’s. I got up off the lounge, and he was going down the street in front of the house. He acted as if he were looking for somebody, and he went on down to the Mexican house just below there and was flourishing the gun around then pretty lively, and the boys all ran down the street. He went up and looked in at the window. Then he went across the street and that is the last I could see of him. I saw Mr. Marsh then on his horse. There were at least four or five shots below the house. When I opened the door he staggered and fell over. MR. COLLINS’ —Did you see the dead man shoot the rifle? MR. CALHOUN —There were four or f ive shots. Testimony of H. G. Coykendall. MR. COLLINB —Mr. Coykendall, will you please tell the jury what you know of the killing of Juan Lara. MR. COYKENDALL —I was coming out of the Grotto Case some time about noon, and was walking to ward the Parker Commercial com pany building, when Mr. Prescott mo tioned me to hurry up. When I went up to the building he asked me for my rifle. I gave it to him, and he said there was a Mexican shooting up the town. We started together down Arizona avenue, and had gone probably one hundred yards when we saw the Mexican. At that time he fired his rifle once, at the same time yelling. I saw Mr. Marsh ride towards him, stopping in the center of the street. The Mexican turned and faced Marsh. At that time I suggested to Mr. Prescott that he give me the rifle and I would shoot at his feet. I fired one shot at his feet, raising considerable dust at one side of him. The Mexican then raised his gun, pointing it as I should judge at Mr. Marsh. I then fired the second shot; then walked toward the Mexican, who had fallen. MR. COLLINS —Did you hear any other shots at that time? MR. COYKENDALL—I heard sev eral other shots. MR. COLLINS —When you fired the last shot did you believe the deceased was intending to shoot to kill? f MR. COYKENDALL —When I fir ed the last shot the Mexican had his gun leveled in the direction of Mr. Marsh. It was my best judgment that he intended to shoot Mr. Marsh, and for that reason I fired again. Testimony of Otto Korn. MR. COLLINS —Were you present this afteronon at the shooting? MR. KORN —I was working at the Sterruberger house, when I heard a shot fired. I looked over and saw a Mexican coming down towards Sauf ley’s house. Mrs. Saufley called on me to stop him. As he came down there I asked him what he was do ing. He did not answer me. He showed me his rifle, and it looked like a shell was caught in the breach of the gun. I went up to him, thinki ing I could get the gun away. I asked him to give me the gun, and I would get the shell out for him. He would not give me the gun, but I had my knife in my hand and I threw the shell out. At that moment he started on the run for a few feet, and began to put more shells in the gun. After he passed Saufley’s house he fired two shots. I then started up town to try and get somebody to get him or take care of him. As I was going up I met Mr. Marsh and the crowd, and went back with them. I followed Mr. Marsh. Mr. Marsh rode up to the Mexican and called on him. I don’t know what he said. At that instant the Mexican wheeled around and pointed his gun at Mr. Marsh. They were shooting and I saw the Mexican fall down. I went to where he was, and that’s all I know of the case. Q. —How many shots did he fire. A. —Four to my knowledge. I saw him. Q. —Did he appear to be shooting at anyone? A. —No; he appeared to be shoot ing at random. Q. —Was he drunk? (Continued on Page 4.) Tiniloriat Librarian CONTRACT FOR SALE OF BONDS KELLY & KELLY TO RECEIVE A FEE OF $50,000 FOR DISPOSING? •OF YUMA COUNTY'S GOOD ROADS BONDS. The contract for the sale of the half million dollars of good roads bonds of Yuma county through the firm of Kelly & Kelly of Kansas City is published herewith. As there has been considerable discussion over the method of marketing these bonds, and some little opposition to the plan pursued and adopted by the board of supervisors, the contract is publish ed in full, as follows: “This contract, made and entered into this 7th day of February, 1914, by and between Kelly & Kelly, Bond Brokers of Kansas City,Missouri,par ties of the first part, and Yuma County, of the State of Arizona, party of the second part, witnesseth: “That said Kelly & Kelly hereby agree to use their best efforts to se cure a purchaser, at par and accrued interest, for the 1913 issue of High way Bonds of the said Yuma County, said issue being in the amount of $500,000.00 bearing five per cent in terest, and the said Kelly & Kelly be ing for the purpose of securing the ends in this contract set forth, here by duly authorized as the Agents of the said Yuma County. “The sale of the said bonds here under shall be made upon, and the said purchaser must agree to, the fol lowing terms, to-wit: —the said pur chaser shall agree to immediately, or as soon thereafter as can legally be carried out surrender the above described bonds and take in exchange a like amount of new refunding State of Arizona bonds bearing 4V 2 per cent interest due twenty-five years from the date of said bonds and containing an option to pay any or all of said bonds fifteen years after date ttne.'e of. “Kelly & Kelly also agree to fur nish at their expense the new and the old bonds, printed or litho graphed, pay for legal opinion,express charges and exchange and all expense connected with or pertaining to the issue and the refunding of said bonds. “The said County of Yuma hereby agrees that so far as lies in its power it will have properly executed and signed all papers and orders neces sary and pertaining to the said re funding and will carry out such or ders as may be necessary to assist in the matter of the said refunding. “Also the said Yuma County ,agrees td pay to Kelly & Kelly as their full compensation under the terms of this contract, at the time and place of the exchange and sur render of the old bonds for the new 4 x / 2 per cent bonds a commission equal to four-sixths of the difference on the interest rate named on the old bonds and the rate of 4% per cent on the new bonds, same being estimated and based up to the date of maturity of the old bonds or for the average time that the old bonds would be outstanding, which commis sion it is hereby agreed is the sum of $50,000.00. This amount, namely $50,000.00, is to be paid in warrants drawn and made payable out of any funds available in either the General Fund or the General Road Fund of Yuma County and due in equal amounts annually during the next four years, said warrants to run with out interest and to be paid by the County Treasurer of said Yuma Coun ty at the time when the interest on the refunding bonds is legally due. “The said Yuma county also agrees to prepare or cause to be prepared certified copies of all proceedings had relative to the issuance of the old bonds. “This contract to be in force and effect for a peiod of 4 months from the date hereof with the understand ing, however, that this contract is to be carried out and completed as soon as the legal requirements pertaining thereto can be made. “The said Kelly & Kely further agree that they will submit the ques tion of the legality of both the old and the new bond issues aforesaid to Dillon, Thompson & Clay, Bond Attorneys of New York City, for opin ion as to the legality of each said issue and that they will furnish to said Yuma County a copy of such opinion signed by said Dillon, Thomp son & Clay. “The said purchaser must agree (Continued on Page 2.) No. 44.