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PUBLIC SALE PARKER LOIS Under date of March 7, the de partment ol' the interior ordered the commissioner of the general land of fice to offer for sale on March 30 at public outcry the unreserved and un sold lots in the townsite of Parker. The first intimation of such a sale was received last Saturday by The Post in a circular letter from the land office, too late for announcement in our last week’s issue. That the government would at tempt another .sale of townsite lots at this time came as a complete sur prise to the people here. So far as this paper can learn no public adver tisement has been made of the sale, and there is surely no local demand for the lots now held by the govern ment. On May 10, 1910, a public sale of lots was held here, and approximate ly SIOO,OOO of desert real estate was sold at fabulous prices by agents of the general land office. About $60,- 000 has been paid into the general land office for Parker lots, the bal ance having been forfeited by pur chasers owing to the long delay in opening the surplus lands of the res ervation to settlement. At the time of the sale in 1910 it was generally understood that the reservation would be open to entry at an early date in view of the pass- age of an act of congress just pre vious to the sale making an initial appropriation of $50,000 for the con struction of a pumping plant and for the appropriation of water for the ir rigation of approximately 150,000 acres of land. That the lands would be opened soon thereafter was fur ther substantiated by the enormous increase in the re-appraisement of townsite lots, ranging from 300 to 600 per cent. > Since the 1910 sale was held no effort was made on the part of the officials of the Indian office or the in terior department to secure the op ening of the surplus lands, until the past few months, when an appro priation was asked tor by the Indian department for the purpose of mak ing a survey and investigation of the project. In the Indian appropriation bill as passed by the house a few weeks ago $50,000 was set aside for this purpose, but the committee on Indian affairs in the senate has cut this amount down to $25,000. Or iginally the Indian department asked for $7 5,000 for this purpose, and it is very doubtful that the sum allowed by the seate committee will be suffi cient for the purpose. It appears to be the purpose of the Indian department to ask congress for an appropriation for the construc tion of a gravity system of irrigation for the Parker Indian lands provided the investigation and survey proves satisfactory. During the period of the war it is unlikely that congress will make any further appropriations for new irrigation systems, as the policy has been the past year to cut every appropriation asked for. on par tially completed projects. Therefore, in view of the forego ing the proposed sale of lots in the Parker townsite next Saturday seems to be unjustified at this time. If there is no immediate hope of the opening of the reservation lands to entry, in vestors should not be solicited to invest their hard-earned money dur ing these troublous times in worthless real estate; if there is hope of an early opening such sale is also inad visable for the reason that the lots to be offered for sale would command a much higher price after it was defi nitely known that the government proposed to construct the Parker pro ject. As the money derived from the sale of these lots goes to the benefit of the Indians belonging to this res ervation, an injustice would be done the Indians if the lots were sold at a less price than could be obtained for them at a later date. Under the circumstances someone is going to get the worst of it in either event — the investor or the Indian. The official notice of the proposed sale to be held next Saturday, March 30, is as follows: Sale of Parker Lots. “Department of the Interior. Wash ington, March 7. 1918. “The Commissioner of the General Land Office.. “Sir: Under the provisions of the act of April 30, 1908 (35 Stat., 77), you are directed to cause the unre served and unsold lots in the townsite of Parker in the Colorado Indian Res- THE PARKER POST ervation, Arizona, to be offered for sale at public outcry under the super vision of the Superintendent of Open ing and Sale of Indian Lands, at not less than their appraised value, on March 30, 1918, and continuing thereafter, from day to day, Sundays and holidays excepted, at the town of Parker, in the maimer and under the terms hereinafter prescribed. Manner.—Bids may be made either in person or by agent, but not by mail nor at any time or place other that the time and place when the iots are offered for sale hereunder, and any person may purchase any uumber of lots for which he is the highest bidder. Bidders will not be required to show any qualifications is to age, citizenship, or otherwise, if any successful bidder fails to make he payment required on the date of the sale, the lot awarded to him shall ue reoffered for sale on the following day. “Terms. —Payments will he requir das follows: No lot will be dispos 'd of for less .than $lO, and any lot sold for $lO must be paid for on the lay it is sold; the minimum of $lO ind at least 25 per centum of the bid /rice of each lot sold for more than 10 must be paid on the date of the sale, and the remainder, if the price ■id is SSO or less, within one year rom the date of the sale; if the price bid be over SSO and less than SIOO, . 5 per centum of the cost may be di vided into two equal payments due, respectively, one and two years from he date of the sale; if the price bid ;e SIOO or more, the 75 per centum remaining unpaid may be divided •ito three equal payments, due, re pectively, one, two and three years from the date of sale. No entry will be allowed until payment has been made in full for the lot, but in case of partial payment the register will ssue a non-transferable memoran ium duplicate certificate showing the .’.mount of the bid and the terms of i he sale, and reciting the right of the mrehaser to make entry upon eom deting the payments, the receiver in ueh case will issue a memorandum eceipt for the money paid. Noth .ig herein will prevent the transfer •u’ the interests secured by the pur liase and the partial payment of the ot, by deed, but the assignee will require no greater right than that >f the original purchaser, and the Inal entry and patent will issue to lie original purchaser when all pay lents are made. Forfeiture.—lf any person who has lade partial payment on the lot pur hased by him fails to make any suc eeding payment required under these egulations at the date such payment becomes due, the money deposited by ueh person for such lot will be tor eited and the lot, after forfeiture is ’eclared, will be subject to disposi ion. Lots remaining unsold at the (Continued on Page 4.) | Swift & Company’s 1918 Year Book If ijjy shows that Swift & Company sells the meat from a steer Igj || for less money than the live steer cost! ’ 18 B Proceeds from the sale of the hide, fat, and other by-products W covered all expense of dressing, refrigeration, freight, selling SSI expense and the profit of $1.29 per steer as shown by Swift & Kg Company’s 1917 figures as follows: ® Average price paid for live cattle per steer Average price received for meat . . 68.97 HSHSMHIHI m Average price received for by-products 24.09 fill Total received 93.06 pi] This leaves for expenses and profit 8.61 w Os which the profit per steer was . 1.29 ( iS There are many other interesting and instructive 9£ facts and figures in the Year Book. §1 We want to tend our 1918 Year Book, to anyone, anywhere free fell for lb, aaking. Addrosa Swbt & Company. . Union Stock Yard, Chicago, PARKER, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1918 THREE BILLIONS IS LIBERTY LOAN The third Liberty loan, to open April 6, will be for $3,000,000,000 and all over-subscriptions at 4 A 4 per cent interest. Bonds of the first loan, bearing 3 x k per cent interest, and of the se< ond loan at 4 per cent, may con verted into the new bonds, but. those of the third loan will not be c(invert ible into any future issues. This an nouncement was made this week by Secretary McAdoo with the comment that “the great events now happen ing in France must fire the soul of every American with a new deter mination to furnish all the dollars and all the material resources of Am erica that are needed to put an end to !he execrable atorcities of German militarism.” In connection with the loan, the secretary plans to establish a sink ing fund with which to purchase back any bonds of the third loan thrown upon the market, in order to aid in keeping the price up to par. The majority of the bonds is yet to be determined, but it was officially stated they would be long term, prob ably between twenty and thit-ty years. Other features, which will be set tled as soon as congress passes the necessary authorizing legislation are the length of the campaign and the terms of payments on the bonds. Most financial observers, accord ing to press dispatches, were surpris ed at the comparatively small size of the loan and at the interest rate, both of which they had expected to be higher. Reduction of government expenditures and allied loans below the former estimate is responsible lor the loan's size. Secretary McAdoo explained. He said the bonds were made non convertible to put an end to expecta tions of higher interest rates in the future, indicating his purpose to maintain the 414 rate for future loans. * BUYS NEW FORD CAR. The Parker Ice company this week purchased a new Ford runabout from the Parker Motor company. The car is equipped with a truck body and oversize Goodrich tires —31x.375. The company will use the car for making deli ries of ice. NEW STATION AGENT. J. E. Eveertt of Los Angeles ar rived here this week to take the place of Station Agent B. B. DeMonbrifn, who is taking a lay-off for several weeks. GERMAN DRIVE IS SLOWING UP After a week of terrific fighting the German offensive in France is beginning to show signs of losing its momentum. The progress of the ene my, according to latest press dis patches has materially slackened, and the form of the dent made in the allied line west of Cambrai has be gun to resemble the familiar wedge like salient instead of the broad straight forward movement of an of fenive which carries all before it. At its apex this Wedge has gone beyond Albert, to the south of that place, and is to the westward of the old allied line as it stood a year ago when von Hindenberg began his “strategic retreat.” From this point the line runs off to the northeast at a gentle angle, with the line to the south running back until it reaches i he Oise river. In spite of tremendous exertions and terrible losses, the German ef forts to widen the tip of this salient have been defeated. The British lines have stood firm to the north and have forced the Germans to turn southward toward the point of least resistance. Official statements issued at Lon don confirm the report from Berlin that American forces are engaged in the struggle. They are reported as “lighting shoulder to shoulder” with the French and British in the region of Roye, on the south side of the sali ent driven into the allied front. There has been no official report sent to Washington as to the identity of these troops who are taking part in This greatest battle in history. With the slackening of the German pace there are indications that the allies are ready to strike back some where along the front. Just where this blow will be launched will not be known until it is struck, but it may be expected that its impact will be terrific. It is known that the al lied war council at Versailles created a great strategic reserve of men to be used in just the contingency which confronts the armies which have borne the brunt of the fighting since last week. This force probably will be launched when and where it is be lieved it will break the force of the German onslaught and send the ene my reeling back over the desert from which the British have slowly with drawn. Each succeeeding day reveals the plan of the Germans absolutely to crush the allied lines west of Cam brai, a terrain which could not be de fended by von Hindengurb a year ago. Each official report shows that this sector is valueless from a mili tary standpoint and that the Ger mans have paid a terrible price for their advance to the lines establish ed by the allies during the first two years of warfare. It is officially re ported that seventy German divisions or 840,000 men have taken part in the fighting and that troops have been moved from every part of the western battle front to reinforce the armies which have been forcing the British to fall back. Observers at the front say that the German losses have been frightful, \ and that the enemy has lost from 10 to 20 per cent of his men, by the most conservative estimates. CASE POSTPONED. Superintendent Milton Sutherland of the Empire-Arizona Consolidated Copper company went to Prescott Tuesday as a witness in the suit brought by F. M. Shaw, a former em ploye, against the company. The suit was instituted by Shaw several months ago and is for the recovery of $295, the amount of a check is sued by the Empire company in the plaintiff’s favor on the defunct Com mercial Bank of Parker. The check was issued about three weeks prior to the failure of the bank, and it is alleged by the defendant company that Shaw presented the same to the bank before it failed and refused to accept payment when the cashier ten dered the total amount in small cur- I rency. Shaw wanted bills of larger j denomination, which the bank at the ; time did not have on hand. Owing to the illness of the court stenograph- i er the case was postponed to a later j date. I CHANGE OF TIME. Clocks all over the country will be set ahead one hour, beginning March 31, under the so-called daylight sav ing bill passed by congress last week. The bill provides that at. 2 o’clock p. m. on the last Sunday in March each year, clocks all over the coun try which affect any operations of the federal government of railroads shall be set ahead one hour. At 2 o’clock p. m. the last Sunday in October of each year, they are to be retarded one hour. All business relating in any way to the federal government will be conducted on the time set. SHAFT GOING DOWN. The new double-compartment shaft at the Illinois-Arizona Copper com pany is now equipped with a modern gallows-frame and a hoist, and sink ing operations are now well under way. The new working is now down 3 5 feet, and it is the purpose of the management to continue the shaft to water level as fast as possible. Sev eral strong veins outcropping at the surface will be developed at depth through the new shaft. IFACULTY BUCK OF DRJLOME The faculty of the Northern Ari zona Normal School at Flagstaff ha? issued the following statement anent the controversy over Dr. Blome's dis missed by the trustees of the school: “We the faculty of the Northern Arizona Normal School (President Blome and his discharged assistants not participating), feeling that a grave injustice has been done to our faculty, to our school, and to our state in the removal of our president, Dr. R: H. H. Blome and his two assist ants, and that proper respect for the citizens of the state entitles them to know, and requires us to explain, the causes that have led to the present conditions in the school, do set forth that during the nine years Dr. Blome has been president of this Normal School it has grown from an institu tion of less than fifty students to one of three hundred, despite the fact that most of our boys are away in the ser vice of our country; that with the faculty co-operating for efficient work with not a dissatisfied student in the entire student body, with all the students learning rapidly, with the demand for teachers exceeding our supply of graduates, with thirteen of Arizona’s countis, twenty-four statss of the Union and three foreign coun tries represented in the student body, with ninty per cent of the. people of Northern Arizona satisfied with the general conduct of the school, with the students intensely loyal to their school, their several counties, their states, and their country, with those who know recognizing and admitting that we had one of the very best schools in the Southwest, unanimous recognition that it was largely Dr. Blome who had drawn this cosmopolitan body of students together and obtained this splendid result, yet with all these attainments to his credit he has been discharged without a hearing, although citizens of Northern Arizona requested a hear ing before such an action was taken and so eminent an educator dis missed. “We know Dr. Blome to be one of ’ the best scholars and one of the most uccessful educators in the Southwest, as it evidenced by the many honors he has received from schools and edu cation organizations. He is one of the strongest school executives, one of the most enthusiastic teachers and popular educational leaders, one of the most just presidents to teachers and students, and one of the most loyal Americans with whom we have ever been associated. His loyalty is t evidenced by the fact that he will ingly and glady offered and is send ing both his sons to fight in defense of his adopted country. “The ‘flag incident’ assigned by the Normal School Board as a cause for his dismissal happened when most of us were here and has been ridiculous ly overdrawn and misstated. We have proof that other state institutions did not display the flag more than this one did, yet no attention was given to their omission. Our school in its rules regarding the fig was but fol lowing the former practice that ob taine dwhen Dr. Taylor was its pres ident. “It is assigned a3 a further cause for Dr. Blome’s dismissal -that he is pro-German. We are Americans, are with him constantly and know him best, and do not believe it. We call for proof of his disloyalty,. We ap peal to those who believe in fair play. Is there in freee America no justice for American citizens of German birth who contribute with their means and might and loyalty send their sons to fight against their own race “We feel sure from our own knowl edge of school affairs and conditions in Flagstaff that local difficulties and matters of politics, and not a desire for the advancement Os the school, have led to Dr. Blome’s dismissal, and we ask the citizens of Arizona, are you going to allow a precedent to be set for the future by permitting a *nost eminent educator to be dis missed without a full and fair pub lic hearing from your school, in which he has been splendid success, with no effort by you to correct this wrong. We ask you to correct this wrong. We ask; you to correct ifc, thtta We ask you to correct it, that the j education of your children and the expenditure of public money be not 1 sacrificed. ► i~ - ' Subscribe for The Post. i NUMBER 1 46.