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BIFF ESCAPES ISOM OFFICERS NEEDLES PHYSICIAN, ACCUSED OF HORRIBLE CRIME, ARRIVES IN PARKER AND ELUDES CAP TURE. 9 Dr. John Gaff, wealthy and prom inent Needles physician, accused of asisaulting Marie Rodriquez, a 13- year-old Needles girl, lied from that city last Saturday night in an auto mobile and arrived in Parker shortly before the arrival of the early morn ing passenger train Sunday. He at tempted to cross the Santa Fe rail road bridge at this point, but was stopped by the guards. He related a pitiful tale about some people get ting stranded in an auto a few miles out on the Needles road and that he desired to secure help at Parker to go to their assistance. But the tale didn’t work with the guards, who told him he could flag the train at Drennan siding and ride across the bridge, which he did. Upon the arrival of the train here the fleeing doctor bought a ticket to Phoenix, and so far nothing has been heard of his whereabouts, except that he was seen in Phoenix last Mon day. Constable Roberts received a telegram from the Needles officials Sunady morning, too late to inter cept the fugitive. He wired Phoe nix and Wickenburg officers, how ever. to arrest the man if found in either of those places. It appears that the Needles phy sician was putting tip a strenuous defense against the charges made by the little Mexican girl, at a pre liminary examination which was held last Friday. The young girl stated on the witness stand that the doctor had kept her a prisoner in his home and office for seven days and nights, and that she had been assaulted af ter the physician gagged her with a handkerchief on the night of June 20. She declared the doctor had made an improper proposal to her after he had taken her to his home. She said she attempted to run from the house and was seized and gagged and knew nothing more until she awoke later in the night in the doctor’s bedroom. She had nothing to eat for two days, she said. The third day he put her under the house, she declared, fear ing that some one might come to the office Dr. Gafl' attempted to explain the reasons for the girl’s presence at his office by saying that the girl had rushed into his office only half an hour before her mother came, and appealed to him for protection against her step-father. He steadfastly de nied the crime and declared that an attempt was being made to black mail him. Last Saturday, however, the offi cers searched the home of Dr. Gaff and found the trap door which the girl had described. She declared that the doctor cut the hole in the floor by boring holes with an augur. Inspection of the room identified on the girl’s diagram did not reveal tbe trap door. ' An officer then went un der the house and found the holes, and quickly shoved it up. Officers waiting inside the house saw the car pet give, ripped it up and found the door just as the girl had described it*. Gaff had filled the holes with plaster cast, and had screwed it back to the floor with nine big screws. Realizing that his defense was shattered after the finding of the trap door, the doctor fled Needles late that night. He left a note in the car which he was forced to ab andon on the California side of the Colorado river, asking that the car be taken to a garage in Parker and notify Attorney Frank B. Daley of Needles, who would pay the storage charges. Dr. Gaff forfeited $1,500 bail. He had probably been advised that his bail was to be increased after the officers discovered the trap door It is believed that Gaff has gone to Mexico. REDUCTION PLANT FOR MOHI CAN COPPER COMPANY. in a report just issued to the stockholders of the Mohican Copper company of Bouse, Managing Direc tor Rol King says: .“We contemplate the purchase and erection of a fifty-ton plant for the THE PARKER POST treatment of our ore by the oil flota tion process, which has been proven satisfactory for the character of ore we have. By concentrating at the property,we can make a material sav ing in hauling, freight and other charges. Other units may be added to this plant; and it will not be long, In my opinion, before we will have a plant many times larger than the first unit, as It is a matter of small moment to make additions after the first installation.’’ DEPOSITORS’ MEETING. The regular weekly meeting of the depositors of the defunct Commercial Bank was held Monady evening in the lobby of the new hotel. G. A. Marsh, chairman of the committee on waivers, reported that nearly ev ery depositor had signed up, only two or three depositors with ac counts of about SI,OOO each, and a number of small accounts, had not yet been heard from. It was his opinion that the present week would witness the completion of the work of securing the signatures of the bal ance of the depositors to the waivers. The matter of the eligibility of the directors to he elected by the adjust ment company came before the meet ing in the form of a motion that no one owing the Commercial Bank should be eligible to act as a direc tor of the adjustment company. Af ter considerable discussion, the mo tion was laid upon the table until such time as the meeting of stock holders shall be held, when this question shall be decided. A motion was carried instructing the secretary, Charles Detrick, to invite P. K. Lewis of Phoenix to at tend the next meeting of the deposit ors, which is scheduled for next Mon day night at the same place. Upon the completion of the work of signing up the waivers steps will be taken immediately for the incor poration of the adjustment company JOE MAKES GETAWAY. Joseph Laßelle, the contractor, is gone, but not forgotten. Consider ing that the town is just passing through a bank failure wherein ev erybody’s money is tied up, the en terprising Laßelle succeeded in making a fairly good clean-up be fore departing for new fields. No, brother, Joe isn’t coming back, if he can help it, because he would have to explain the reasons and where fores of securing various and sundry sums of money from unsuspecting friends and customers just before his departure, and, besides, these peo ple whom he owes would ask him to pay, and it’s not in Joe’s line to pay after cleaning up. So it’s a safe bet that he never pays Parker another visit. Our space forbids giving the names of the many people whom Joe bilked, and probably the bilked ones woludn’t like to see their names in print in this connection. Anyway, Joe has hit the trail, and* from last accounts he is now in Minneapolis. SINKING THREE - COMPARTMENT WORKING SHAFT. The new three-compartment work ing shaft, recently started by the Swansea Lease, which is owned by the Clark copper interests, has at tained a depth of over 50 feet. The two large boilers which were former ly used in the smelting plant have been moved to the new shaft and are being installed in the new power house. A mammoth new engine and hoist have been purchased to com plete the power equipment for the shaft. Reports fro-a -'wh-sm -ut * that a full force is again employed at the mine, the strike . h.i -a recently by the I. \Y. W having failed. The Swansea miners have a flourishing union which is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, and the leaders have expressed themselves as being opposed to the methods em ployed by the I. W. W. miners. WOMEN AND CHILDREN NOT AL LOWED TO CROSS DESERT. Women and ehildern will not be permitted to cross the desert by auto between Needles and Barstow during the present hot spell, according to word received from San Bernardino, Calif. District Attorney Duckworth at San Bernardino is reported to have issued instructions to officers at des ert points to halt all automobile par ties containing women and children and if necessary to enforce the or der to arrest the driver. This order, it is understood, will be in effect until the weather becomes cooler. In some of the sinks on the desert the heat is so oppressive that children could not survive should mechanical trouble develop with au tomobiles. PARKER, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, JULY 14, 1917. 12001.10. ITS IRE DEPORTED r SHERIFF WHEELER CLEANS UP BISBEE AND SENDS AGITATORS TO U. S. ARMY OFFICIALS AT COLUMBUS. N. M. According to advices received from Bisbee 1,200 members of the I. W. W. were rounded up Thursday by Sher iff Wheeler and 1,500 fully armed citizens of Bisbee and Globe, and de ported to New Mexico. The wob blies, it is reported, are now at Columbus,. N. M., where they will be interned by the United States gov ernment. The work of deporting the l. W. W. members, who are regarded as the disturbing element in Bisbee, was done thoroughly and was gone about in a systematic manner. The Citi zens’ Protective League, which did the work, is an organization consist ing of citizens, business men, mine operators and miners not affiliated with the I. W. W. Practically all of the members of the organizaiion were deputized by the sheriff. All business in Bisbee was sus pended for the day, all shops being closed and no mining operations at tempted. The members of the Pro tective League had determined to make this the “unfinished’* business and set about to see that it was ac complished before nightfall. Every member of the organization was armed, although there has been no report from Bisbee up to this time that the arms had been used except to make a demonstration. Apparently appreciating the fact that they were greatly outnumbered and were unable to cope with the or ganization, those members of the I. W. W., who did not escape from the town, were rounded up in the city baseball park. There a strong guard was kept surrounding the park and as fast as the men were brought in they were searched for weapons and the little red cards showing their membership in the L W. W. organiza tion. Nearby on a siding, cattle cars and box cars were standing and the men were taken from the ball park to the cars where other guards saw to it that they remained in the cars. The entire affair was conducted by the sheriff of the county and it is an nounced that the roundup was 100 per cent. Peace officials and mine officials do not expect a return of the men. I. W. W. AGITATORS RUN OUT OF JERMOE. JEROME, July 10.—Hundreds of miners and citizens, some with rifles and others with pick handles, start ed at sunrise today to “clean” the town of agitators whom they consid ered undesirable, as the result of a strike called Friday by the Metal Miners’ branch of the I. W. W. which members of the International union repudiated. No violence has been reported. Most of the Industrial Workers of the World apparently learned of the propsed “drive” and left town during the night. Those who remained offered no re sistance, and they were ordered aboard a special train, leaving soon for Jerome Junction. Sixty-seven Industrial Workers of the World finally were herded to gether by the citizens and miners. They were searched and loaded into cattle cars guarded by fifty armed men. The train was then started for Jerome Junction, 27 miles away, where it unloaded the prisoners. Only two revolvers were found on the deported men. SCHEME TO END WAR. A brand-new scheme for ending the war was presented at a socialist meeting held last week in Los Ange les. The luminous plan is nothing less than that, all women shall re fuse to have any more babies, the idea being that if there are no more babies there will be no more men, and if there are no more men there can be no more fighting. Simple, isn’t it? Mail orders to the City Drug Store, at Parker, will he promptly attended to. —Adr. in com# smws Will CURTAILMENT OF PRODUCTION NOT ONLY CRIPPLES WAR DE PARTMENT, BUT IS GREAT LOSS TO ARIZONA. The total copper production of North and South America during the first half of the year is approximated at 210,000,000 pounds the month. North America’s proportion of this is somewhere around 190,000,000 lbs. the month. Strikes now in effect in Arizona cut off 46,000,()00 pounds of this the month, with 2.2,000 000 more pounds of Arizona copper the month seriously threatened by the I, W. W. efficiency destroying organization re sponsible for the agitation working the present havoc. Copper production loss through the 1. W. W. strike promotions outside of Arizona include Butte’s 30,006,- 000 pounds the month. Cananea’s 7,000,000 pounds. Alaska’s 6,000,000 pounds, or a total of 43,000,000 lbs. the whole loss to the metal market being 89,000,000 pounds the month. Threatened with I. W. W. strikes and not at all unlikely of going out of commission at any time, in view of the manner in which terrorism has taken hold of the Montana-Arizona districts, are camps in other copper districts of Arizona and Utah repre senting 4 6,000,000 more pounds of copper. Should this latter copper be called out, the cut into the monthly production of 19 0,000,000 pounds in North America would represent a to tal of 135,000,000 pounds, leaving a production of 55,000,000 pounds the month, or 5,000,000 pounds less than the June purchases of the government for its own uses. Arizona’s loss of 46,000,000 lbs. of copper from its monthly produc tion was brought about through three strikes in which 1. W. W. in fluence dominated and which were got underway within one week. In all three instances I. W. W. past rec ord for violence and freedom with dynamite was the important factor in getting response to strike calls far exceeding any expectations in the mining districts affected. The same factor has kept and Is keeping hun dreds of men from returning to work, ft is a situation that abundantly jus tifies urgent recommendations which were made earlier in the year to the government to provide federal troops in the mining districts in order that this manner of terrorism could be prevented and the mines operated at efficiency, insuring the federal gov ernment not only all the copper it might need but an abundant supply for its allies, along with the large encouragement that would go to the latter by reason of the copper indus try being kept intact from the ef forts of Germany to slow it down and win proportionate encouragement for German troops in the field, if not ac tual advantage through shortage of copper metal in the hands of the al lies. How far reaching disaster might be in connection with a short age of the metal for the allies, it is not possible to conceive. At the Cost of Taxpayers. Arizona taxpayers are losing some thing like SIOO,OOO the week because of the labor troubles in the state at this time. That figure is based upon the taxes the copper mines would pay if operating full capacity for the privilege of taking ore out of the ground. Their tax payments are figured upon the tonnage of copper they produce and the price they get for it. Arizona’s production the present month, under normal conditions, would have been around 90,000,000 pounds. As matters stand, 46,000,- 000 pounds have been cut off the to tal by strikers. Cananea’s 7,000,000 pounds should be added, making 53,- 000,000 taken out of production thru the I. W. W. movement in Arizona. The tax loss on the 46,000,000 pounds which the state will not make this month, figuring 28 cents as the price the producers would receive, which is about what their contracts average, will go something over $400,000 the month. The business man, the city property owner, the farmer and the cattleman, the latter two classes in the largest measure, will have to dig into their pockets to make up the shortage, for the state needs every dollar of uorinal time tax production to conduct its business. Meantime, business men the state over are being handed a close times envelope that two months ago they did not dream to be among the pos sibilities. Those in the mining dis tricts are at the immediate time the heaviest sufferers, but the tighten ing up is reaching out over the state from the mining districts rapidly, and it will not be long until the out side cities feel it sharply. The money of the mining districts keeps the banks of the outside communities flush, provides loans for farmers and cattlemen and for those improving city property. Thousands of dollars of it, too, are carried to the outside towns by traders and vacationists from the mining centers. It has been estimated that but for the pres ent trouble, Arizona miners and their families and the business and professional men and their families, would have carried ten million dol lars to Los Angeles and its beach resorts this season. They will have to get along with probably less than half of that unless there is a more speedy wiping out of the trouble in the state than there is now the pros pect of. HIGH WATER CAUSES DAMAGE IN CIBOLA VALLEY. Judge A. G. Grossman of Quartz site, in a letter to The Post dated July 9th, says: “Judge Bishop, the justice of the peace and postmaster of Cibola, made a. quick trip by auto to Quartzsite for supplies today, accompanied by Mrs. Bishop. Mr. Bishop stated that never in the history of Cibola val ley has anybody seen such a large body of water, the Colorado river at 1 hat point being entirely out of its banks. The Bishops were unfortun ate enough to lose their residence and postoffice. They say that as the water struck the adobe buildings they crumbled down like so much chaff. The buildings stood on what had always proved to be high ground, but this year the flood waters of the river reached them. Many other ranchers in the Cibola valley were even more unfortunate than the Bishops. The Bishops will rebuild, but they state that the new T buildings will be constructed on higher ground.” VALUATION OF MINES GROWS BY MILLIONS. The valuation of the mines of this state will add $158,743,373.57 to the taxable wealth of the state this year, the total valuation fixed by the state tax commission being $330,- 631,994.76 against $171,888,616.19 in 1916. This valuation is just for the raining property and not for the improvements w r hich are assessed by the counties in which they are situ ated. Such improvements last year were valued at $39,566,662.77. The total valuation of mining properties in the state, therefore, this year will not be less than $370,000,000. It is estimated that the total valuation of all classes of property for taxable purposes this year w'ill be about $660,000,000 against $486,406,518.- 50 in 1915. YUMA COUNTY’S VALUATION SHOWS BIG INCREASE. County Assessor A. B. Ming has completed the 1917 assessment rolls ol’ Yuma county, and the figures showing the valuation of the differ ent classes of property for purposes of taxation are interesting to every taxpayer in the county. The total valuation for 1917 is $15,829,648.45, as against $14,536,244.14 for 1916, showing a total increase of $1,293,- 440.31. This is a most remarkable showing for Yuma county and indi cates that the people are rapidly de veloping the resources of mine, shop and farm. The figures show that the big increase comes in state and script lands, town property and in the min ing industry of northern Yuma county. REVENUE CAMP DESTROYED BY FIRE. The Revenue camp, located about sixteen miles east of Parker, consist ing of several tent buildings and a large quantity of supplies, was to tally destroyed by fire last Sunday night. It is believed the fire was of incendiary origin, as the personal be longings of a former employe w r ere taken out and carefully laid aside. The affairs of the Revenue Copper company are in very bad condition, it being said that the company owes a number of its former employes, be sides numerous other debts for sup plies, etc. The loss of the camp is placed at $2,000. PERISHES FROM DESERT'S NEAT RUN OUT OF WATER AND SOME OF PARTY WALK SIXTEEN MILES OVER BURNING SANDS FOR HELP. YUMA, July 12.—Details of a des ert tragedy in which one Yuma man lost his life and four others barely missed the same fate came to light yesterday. The man who perished was formerly a colored porter at the Hotel Arizona, Charlie Smith. At torney W. F. Timmons, John Fish baugh, Jr., Charlie Martin and a 15- year-old colored fioy named Hudson Selvage, constitute the party which came so near adding their bones to the grim-visaged array of the great sandy way that they will never for get their torturing experience of practically two days and one night. Messrs. Timmins, Fishbaugh and Martin were in Imperial, coming from Los Angeles to Yuma, The two colored boys, Smith and Selvage, had gone to that place to a picnic and started to ride home w r ith the white men. Sixteen miles from Imperial their auto ran out of w r ater, and the five men were also void of water to drink. The sun was broiling hot and the great, wavy land of peril repre sented a seething chaldron of heat. The party formulated a plan which seemed to them their only salvation. Timmons and Martin were to start for Imperial for w r ater and help, and the colored men and Fishbaugh were to go to the well. Night came on and the tw r o parties started. Tim mons and Martin reached Imperial, a distance of 16 miles, all but famish ed. Fishbaugh and the two colored men separated, after it became mani fest the tw r o latter could not keep pace with the former. The Imperial party returned wfth a horse rig and water and picked up Fishbaugh, but the two colored men could not be found. They were tracked until their tracks became obliterated by sec tions of plank road. The three white men arrived in Yuma all right. About the same time the negro boy staggered into Ogilby half naked and all but dead. He said himself and Smith, so fatigued they could travel no longer, laid down together to die. Smith took off all his clothing. He told young Selvage the jig w'as up with him and advised the latter to go on and save himself. But Selvage stayed w r ith him over night, and in the morning found that some time during the night Smith had left him. his clothing remaining. Selvage started to travel, and by the merest chance came to Ogilby late Saturday, after having endured the torture since Thursday. A party of Ogilby people organized and searched for Smith. They found his clothing, but did not find the man. However, they tracked him until they were sure he had gone in the direction of Glamls and was out of reach of all human help, probably dead in the hot sands at least 18 miles from any place where he could have secured help. DEATH OF CIIAS. BOWMAN. The news of the death of Charles Bowman, the w r ell-known Los Ange les attorney, was received in Parker Thursday, and was a shock to Mr Bowman’s many friends here. He died last Tuesday as a result of an operation for appendicitis. Mr. Bow man was well known in Parker, hav ing ntade many trips here- during the past few months on legal busi ness connected with the mines of this district. He w r as secretary of the Mammon Gold & Copper com pany. and was attorney foe the Em pire-Arizona Consolidated Copper company. For many years he prac ticed law in this state, removing to Los Angeles about five years ago BAD MAN ESCAPES FROM BANDY Joe Benny, convicted in the Yuma county superior court for placing a railroad tie on the Southern Pacific railroad, escaped Saturday night from Deputy Sheriff Henry Bandy while en route to the state penitentiary at Florence with the officer to serve a sentence of one year. Benny is said to be a bad man, and the Southern Pacific officers are afraid that to avenge himself he will attempt some other crime against the company. NO. 9.