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VOL. VIII
TIME LIMIT OH
ADJUSTMENT CO.
DEPOSITORS MUST COMPLETE OR
GANIZATION BY AUGUST IST
OR RECEIVER WILL.. BE.. AP
POINTED.
Depositors and creditors of the
Commercial Bank, which failed on
June 11, will not receive the antici
pated 40 per cent dividend as prom
ised upon the organization of the
Parker State Bank for the reason
that there isn't going to he a Parker
State Bank, for the present, at least.
At a meeting of the depositors of the
defunct institution, held last Monday
night, it developed that P. K. Lewis,
of the Central Bank of Phoenix, had
decided not to establish a bank here.
This information was conveyed to
the depositors by C. H. Wolfe of
Phoenix, who represented Mr. Lewis.
Mr. Wolfe also read a statement of
the supposed condition of the Com
mercial Bank, and the value which
he placed upon the securities.
Since Mr. Wolf’s visit here it has
been ascertained that the statement
read by him was incorrect as to sev
eral important items. Chief of these
was the value which he placed upon
$54,000 worth of securities and
equities in securities held by
other banks to secure loans. While
it is impossible to give the true value
of these securities, it is positively
known that Mr. Wolfe’s valuation
of these items is far too low.
After listening to Mr. Wolfe a
motion to the effect that the deposit
ors proceed with the organization of
the Commercial Bank of Parker Ad
justment company, despite the fact
that there is to be no new bank and
no guarantee of an immediate 40
per cent dividend, was unanimously
passed. The chairman.; ,1. B. Flan
agan, was instructed to wire the
state banking department, asking
permission to proceed with the pro
posed adjustment company. This
wire was sent the same evening.
A committee of five was elected to
take charge of organizing the adjust
ment company. This committee
consists of the following: J. F.
Raney, B. B. Brown, Dr. E. A. Lit
tlefield, Charles Detrick and J. B.
Flanagan.
J. B. Flanagan made a trip to
Phoenix Wednesday to confer with
State Bank Comptroller Jesse T.
Boyce and Attorney Ceneral Wiley
E. Jones over matters pertaining to
the proposed organization of the ad
justment company. As the plans of
the proposed organization have been
changed owing to the decision of Mr.
Lewis not to establish a bank here
at present, it is necessary to secure
the approval of the new plan of
every depositor who has already
signed the waiver of his account to
the adjustment company.
The state banking department and
the attorney general’s office instruct
ed Mr Flanagan that the depositors
would be given until August Ist to
complete the organization. Circular
letters, explaining the change of
plan, have been printed and are be
ing sent to every creditor of the de
funct bank. A form of approval
accompanies the letter, which must
be signed and returned to the Com
mercial Bank of Parker Adjustment
company at once if a receivership is
to be averted.
About 35 per cent of the assets of
the Commercial Bank consist of
equities in the new hotel building
and other real estate and improve
ments. and in equities in securities
given to other banks to secure loans.
The parties who hold these securities
and the creditors who hold mort
gages and material and labor liens
against the above-mentioned prop
erty will at once foreclose same in
the event of the appointment of a
receiver. This action on their part
would practically wipe out the de
positors’ equities and result in a loss
to the depositors of approximately
$35,000, in addition to the extra cost
entailed in liquidating the affairs of
the Commercial Bank by means of a
receivership and through the courts.
There is a tremendous amount of
work involved in securing the assent
of over 400 depositors and creditors
of the defunct bank to this plan of
liquidation, as many of the creditors
reside outside of Parker, and in many
instances no record can be obtained
at present of their proper addresses.
THE PARKER POST
As a receivership means the loss
of over one-half of the depositors’
money, owing to the equities of a
considerable portion of the bank’s
assets being hypothicated for loans,
etc., for much less than their value,
every creditor should make an effort
to send in his signed approval and
waiver as quickly as possible, if it is
his desire to save a large portion of
his deposit.
There will be another meeting of
depositors next Monday night and
everybody interested is invited to
attend.
ANOTHER YUMA MURDER.
YUMA, July 16.—Will Rhodes, a
colored dishwasher at the Stag case,
shot and killed his wife. Della
Rhodes, at their home between
Fourth and Fifth street on Maiden
Lane last night about ten o’clock.
The woman was shot in the abdomen
and died about twenty minutes later
in agony, without speaking a word.
\ T o one was near her when she died
except a colored neigbhor mail who
had been called.
As soon as Rhodes had committed
the deed he called on two colored
men living nearby,telling them what
he had done and asked them to stay
with the woman while he went to the
sheriff’s office and gave himself up.
When he left the house the woman
was still alive, and he did not know
she was dead until so informed by
the night jailor.
Rhodes told the officers that his
wife was shot while they were scuf
fling for the possession of a pistol.
One of the colored men whom he call
ed to the house, however, stated that
three shots were fired. The woman
was shot low in the abdomen and
evidence of three shots having been
fired were plain in the room
RAILROADS ASSESSED $96,782,523
The railroads of Arizona will pay
taxes this year on valuation of $96,-
782,523, according to a comparative
statement of valuation of railroads
made public by the Arizona Tax
Commission. This is $4,745,901 in
excess of the valuation fixed last
year.
Os this valuation the Southern
Pacific and the Santa Fe railroads,
)f course, represent by far the larg
est amount, in fact more than one
half of the total. The valuation of
the Southern Pacific this year is
fixed at $26,717,200, while that of
the Santa Fe is $26,256,840. This
is at the rate of $68,000 a mile for
3 92.9 miles of the former, and the
lame valuation per mile for 386.13
miles of the latter.
The California, Arizona & Santa
Fe railroad branches add 394.07
miles valued at $9,840,985.
VALUE OF YUMA COUNTY MINES.
According to the tax rolls just
finished at the county assessor's
office, the valuation of mining
property in Yuma county for pur
poses of taxation reaches the sum
of $1,48 5,307. The largest prop
erty is the Swansea, which was as
sessed at $846,215, and the next
largest is the Planet, valued at
$343,128. The value of other min
ing properties, including patented
ind unpatented claims, is $295,967.
These values are much greater
than last year, although the 1916
figures are not at hand. The
past twelve months have seen
great progress in the mining in
dustry.
The total assessed valuation in
Yuma county for 1917, including the
mines, is $17,314,991.45.
ALL AMERICAN CANAL TO
WATER IMPERIAL. .
Secretary Lane has announced
conclusion of a contract with the
Imperial Laguna Canal Company of
Southern California whereby a tract
of between 120,000 to 200,000 acres
of arid land adjoining the Imperial
valley is to he irrigated by an all-
American canal thirty miles long.
The water is to be taken from the
Laguna dam of the Yuma reclama
tion project of Yuma, Ariz. A joint
survey and examination of the canal
route will first be made by the rep
resentatives of the government, the
company and the state of California.
PARKER INDIANS DIVORCED .
On the establishment of the alle
gation that his wife had been guilty
of running away from him and liv
ing with another Indian, an Illegiti
mate child having been born as a
result, Judge Baxter last Saturday
ordered a decree of divorce in favor
of Jay Scott from his wife, Mrs.
Mabel Cleveland Scott. The couple
are Indians from Parker.
PARKER, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, JULY 21, 1917
ADOPT PLAN TO
OAF) I. W. W.’S
EVERYONE ENTERING WARREN
DISTRICT MUST BEAR A PASS
PORT—TO EXTEND LOYALTY
LEAGUE.
BISBEE, Ariz., July 19. —Begin-
ning today every stranger entering
the Warren mining district must
bear a passport from the mayor or
recognized commercial body of cer
tain designated cities if he wishes to
pass the civilian guards posted along
the roads in this region by Sheriff
Harry Wheeler without being sub
jected to a searching questioning
as to his business by armed watchers.
The duty of the guards is to prevent
members of the Industrial Workers
of the World or their sympathizers
from entering the district and the
passport idea was hit upon as a
means of avoiding unnecessary an
noyance to tourists and other re
putable citizens.
Issuance of passports by the Doug
las chamber of commerce was begun
today. At the request of Governor
Thomas E. Campbell, Sheriff Wheeler
announced that passports would be
recognized when signed by the chief
of police, the secretary of the cham
ber of commerce of El Paso or the
mayor of Tucson. This will enable
tourists traveling by automobile to
pass through the district without
being delayed for examination by
the guards.
Guards Are Posted.
Armed guards, many of them
dressed in khaki and wearing leg
gings so that they look like soldiers
to the uninitiated, are posted at
strategic points along all the high
ways and railroads entering the dis
trict. These outposts are manned
night and day and are visited daily
by Sheriff Wheeler. Every automo
bile is stopped and inspected, at
night by means of flashlights, and
the occupants questioned closely.
TO EXTEND LOYALTY LEAGUE.
BISBEE, July 19. —A meeting of
operators of copper mines in Arizona
is to be held within the next week
it was announced here today, for the
purpose of initiating a movement to
extend the 'loyalty league’ organi
zations to most of the camps in this
section and lor the Americanization
of labor employed in all but the
Clifton - Morenct - Metcalf district
mines.
The stand against employment of
foreign miners was first taken by
Bisbee companies. The obi Dominion
plant at Globe, it was de lareu here
today, has taken a similar stand
The Cliflon-Morenci-MetcnH histrict
has ores of such a class that no at
tempt wifi be made to supplant for
eign laborers with there
as yet, it was said. Ths mova to or
ganize “loyalty leagues” is described
as the operators’ efforts to offset the
activities of the Industria’ Workers j
of the World.
1
DIED OF APOPLEXY.
T. J. Gibson, the local shoemaker
who had been doing business here
off and on for a number of years
past, died on Friday afternoon of
last week as the result of a stroke
of apoplexy. He was found by one
of the neighbors lying on a cot in
the rear of his shop, unconscious
and apparently at the point of death.
Dr. Pruett was quickly summoned
but nothing could be done for him
and he died a few' minutes there
after. The remains w'ere taken in
charge by the acting coroner, and ;
Saturday evening the interment i
took place, C. E. Day, in the absence j
of Rev. S. C. Bookman, officiating at j
the grave.
The deceased had at one time ;
been a member of the Masonic fra
ternity, belonging to Lehigh Lodge !
of Oklahoma, but correspondence j
w r ith that lodge revealed the fact |
that he had not been in good stand
ing for a number of years, and it
was impossible to ascertain at the
time w’hether he had any family or
surviving relatives.
Mr. Gibson was a man about 65
years of age, of a quiet, unassuming
disposition, and held the respect of
all who knew* him.
LAWS GOVERNING
SMEW
! MANY THOUSAND ACRES OF
| STATE LANDS ARE BEING PUR
i CHASED AND LEASED BY
f FARERS AND STOCKMEN.
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Arizona’s public land code, under
which the state land department is
now engaged in selling or leasing
over ten million acres, was enacted
by the second special session of the
second state legislature, and approv
ed June 26, 1915. The land code
created the state land department for
♦he administration of state lands,
superseding the old state land com
mission whose work had consisted
mainly of selecting for withdrawal
such lands as had been set aside for
the state by various acts of congress.
The state lands of Arizona consist
of school lands. Sections 2, 16, 32
and 3 6 in each and every township
in the state, w'hich aggregate 8,103,-
680 acres. The act of congress ap
proved June 20, 1910, commonly
known as the enabling act, granted
to Arizona, to be selected from the
“surveyed, unreserved, unappropria
ted and non-mineralized public lands
of the United States within the lim
its of said state,” a total of 2,350,000
acres for various purposes, namely:
university purposes, public buildings,
penitentiaries,insane asylums,schools
and asylums for the deaf, dumb and
blind, miners’ hospitals, normal
schools, charitable, penal and re
formatory institutions, agricultural
and mechanical colleges, school of
mines, military institutes and for
payment of bonds and interest by
Maricopa, Pima, Yavapai and Coco
nino counties.
This makes a total of 10,453,680
acres of land belonging to the state
so be administered by the state land
department under the provisions of
the public land code, which provides
' hat state lands may be leased and
sold to cilizens of the United States,
or those who have declared their in
tention to become such, over the
age of eighteen and twenty-one
years. This means that a person
over the age of 18 can purchase state
lands, but must be 21 years old to
lease state lands.
Only one whole section of grazing
and one-quarter section (160 acres)
of agricultural land can be leased or
sold to one individual, person, com
pany or corporation, but each mem
ber of any company, association or
corporation may purchase or lease
up. to the limit.
The terms of sale are such that
any person of no matter how small
means can purchase land from the
state. All land is appraised by the
board of appraisers, one appointed
by the governor, one by the state
land commissioner and one by the
board of supervisors of the county
in which the land to be appraised is
located. The appraisement is made
on both land and improvements.
Where there are improvements on
the land, in case another than the
owner of the improvements bids in
I he land at auction, his bid also car
ries the appraised value of the im
provements which must be paid in
lull to the state land department
within thirty days from the date of
the sale, and the department in turn
pays the money over to the owner of
the improvements after first deduct- ;
ing any rental, arrears or other
money due the state.
All land sold by the state must be i
*old at public auction to the highest
bidder. When the successful bidder
is announced he must pay the state’s
sales agent one per cent of the pur
chase price on the date of sale, or a
sufficient amount to cover the cost
of appraisal and sale, which amount
is then credited against the purchase
price of the land. He must also pay
one per cent of the purchase price
of the land and improvements in ad- !
dition to the sale price of the land.
In other words, when the land is pur
chased from the state, the purchaser
must always pay 101 per cent for
the land. Then within thirty days
irom the date of sale, a payment of
four per cent must be made on the
land, which completes a five per
cent payment,leaving 95 per cent
to be divided into thirty-eight equal
installments, payable annually with
interest at five per cent.
The whole amount of the pur
chase price may be paid at any time,
! or any part of the remaining 95 per
! cent may be paid by the purchaser,
; he pays as a penalty six months
l interest at five per cent. This, how
ever, Is not the case when the pur
chaser makes full payment at the
date of sale or within thirty days
after the sale. When full payment
is made, a patent is issued by the
state, signed by the governor and
| secretary of state, and vests full title
! in the purchaser. When land is pur
! chased on the thirty-eight-year in
i stallment plan, a certificate of pur
chase is issued to the purchaser
i which shows the amount for which
the land was purchased, a full de
scription of the land, the amount
I paid and the amount of principal as
; well as the interest due each year.
A MODERN VENUS.
It was such a scene as has been
{I he undoing of humans and gods
I alike. Even High Olympus lost
| many a rare diety to the earth-
J charm of such a picture.
I came upon her unawares. A
dainty, uncovered foot touched the
water and then withdrew gracefully.
Another dainty foot and another
withdrawing. Her rounded arms
I gleamed in the sunlight and her
head tilted back with the wanton
abandon of some coy, alluring wood
nymph. Her beautiful body swayed
and her rosy finger tips toyed with
the ripples in front of her. Then
she raised her golden head and stood
—a gleaming statue of glorious
marble.
Suddenly she turned about and
beheld me. A smile half 'lighted
her oval face. Her arms seemed to
outstretch to mine. I felt rhe beck
oning—invisible and irresistible —
as of some lovelorn mermaid, sing
ing her love to the warm winds that
fanned her desolate reef. The care
less abandon of her hair—the
sparkle of her wistful eyes—the
slight dimpling at her knees—the in
nocence that comes only to the child
of nature—all fascinated me; held
me motionless.
There was no drapery, no pretense,
no fear. Here at last was the per
fect type of Eden’s offspring—rare
imitator of the first woman. Perhaps
my gaze was too intent; perhaps
she saw in me the qualifications of
the old Adam. For a tear glided to
her velvet eyes and rolled slowly
down a cheek of perfect contour.
Then her red lips parted and I
heard her speak:
‘‘Daddy, I want some soap!”-r-
R. G. S.
COUNTY EXPENSES LARGER.
It is going to cost the county of
Yuma approximately $251,000 to pay
its expenses for the fiscal year begin
ning July 1, 1917, and ending June
30, 1818. This includes the general
running expenses of the county, and
its road and school expenditures, as
estimated in the county budget which
was tentatively adopted by the board
of supervisors Monday evening.
Hurridly scanned for totals it was
uoticeable that in practically all the
proposed expenditures for the ensu
ing year there has been an appre
ciable increase, which proves that
the county is gradually growing in
importance and that it requires
more money each year to handle its
increasing business. And while the
expenses are growing, it should not
be forgotten that the valuation of
property is also on the increase,—
Yuma Sun.
EMBARGO ON ARMS.
Brigadier General Green of Doug
las, by authority in him vested, has
placed an embargo on the sale of all
arms and ammunition in the state of
Arizona, and it is unlawful for any
retail or wholesale dealer to sell any
guns, revolvers or other arms, or any
ammunition whatsoever. This order
has been received by every dealer in
this class of goods in Yuma county.
It means that in sporting goods of
every character the dealers must
hold the sack.
Before July 3 shotgun shells and
cartridges for .22 calibre guns could
be sold on order from the sheriff and
chief of police, but now even this
grade of ammunition is under the
federal ban, imposed by Brig. Gener
al Green. The strict order was deem
ed necessary, the authorities say, on
account of existing labor troubles in
Arizona.
Patent Leather.
Patent leather shoes can be kept
like new if they me rubbed over occa
sionally with milk and polished with a
soft dry cloth.
Mail orders to the City Drug
Store, at Parker, will be promptly
attended to. —Adv.
J DM
JUSTICE STORE
HOW YE OLD TIME JUSTICE WAS
DISPENSED IN ARIZONA IN THE
EARLY TERRITORIAL DAYS.
There was a justice of the peace
named Cate, who lived at Winslow
when that town was a part of Apache
’ county. There also lived there a mer
| chant doing an extensive business,
: and, as was the custom in those days,
j carrying the stockmen of the vicinity
j This merchant found that one of his
customers,who owed him about twen
ty-five hundred dollars, was driving
Iris sheep across into New Mexico.
He went to Cate and *iold him the
circumstances, and asked Cate if
there was not some way he could
hold the man until he could levy on
the band of sheep. Cate replied
that his jurisdiction extended to only
$3 00, and that he could do nothing
in the matter; that the merchant
would have to go to St. Johns, the
county seat, and commence action
there. The merchant replied, say
ing, “Before I get there the sheep
will be out of the jurisdiction of the
Territory,” they being then on the
road. Cate asked: “What will you
give me if I misconstrue the law?”
“Well,” said the merchant, “you owe
me s3oo,and if you will fix this mat
ter up for me, I will return you your
note for that amount.” “You damn
fool, you.” said Cate, “how* do you
suppose I can play poker on my
note?” It was finally arranged that
if Cate would take charge of the case,
and collect the amount due the mer
chant, that he would receive three
hundred dollars in cash.
Cate went over to the debtor’s
wife, who lived in town, and told her
a long story about her husband’s
committing a criminal act; that It
was his duty to arrest him and bring
him back to Winslow, and send him
to the penitentiary. At his dicta
tion the wife wrote her husband a
letter, imploring him to settle the
debt. Armed with this the the mer
chant and the constable went after
the victim. They overhauled him
near the boundary line of New Mex
ico, and there a settlement was made
by the debtor turning over fat weth
ers to the merchant at three dollars
a head, sufficient to pay his debt and
the costs, including three hundred
dollars which had been paid to Cate,
which the justice had taxed as part
of the costs.
Cate was very angry when he heard
of the settlement and told his con
stable that he had no right whatever
to make any settlement of any suit;
that that was his particular province
and that he should have driven the
whole herd back and brought the
man with him. However, by this
time the man was in New Mexico,
and the balance of his flock was be
yond the jurisdiction of the justice
Cate never made any returns to
the county for fines collected. It
was his habit, when he saw a man
a little under the weather from
drink, to have him arrested and
brought before him, when he would
fine him to the limit and keep the
fine. His undoing came in this way:
Two men who had just been paid
off by the railroad were feeling a
little jolly, and Cate knew that they
had about fifty dollars apiece on
them. He told his constable to ar
rest them, which was done, and Cate
fined them all the money they had
and took possession of it. The con
stable wanted his fees, but Cate re
fused to pay him anything The
constable went to St. Johns and
found there had been made no re
turns of the fines, so he lodged
a complaint against the justice. The
rumor came down to Winslow that
Cate had been indicted for embez
zlement, and Cate immediately took
all the records of his office in back of
the saloon adjoining his office, the
Rat Killer’s Saloon, and burned them
up, and left the country. A few
days afterward it was found that the
grand jury had refused to bring in an
indictment because that body would
not believe the constable under oath,
but Cate never appeared again in
that part of the country.
Why send outside for drugs and
sundries. We have everything in
that line. Mail your orders to City
Drug Store, Parker.— Adv.
NO. 10.

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