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Ri n ivE nl r l ibrary Phoeiix, Arizona Stat Library WljBlll MOHAVE COUNTY MINER AN D OUR MINERAL WEALTH OFFICIAL PAPER OF MOHAVE COUNTY Xx BBEkxvt VoU XXXVII. MILLER WILL CM ! BED TRIED IN THE COURTS THIS WEEK The trial of the Miller will case op ened in Judge Thome's Court Monday morning of this week, continues' through the week until Wednesday noon and then adjourned until Friday evening at 7 o'clock. This case dates back to last Fall when George Miller passed away and just before his death told those at his bedside that his will would be found among his papers. They searched these papers and no will being found Mr. Miller in the presence of witnesses stated he wished to leave his estate to the schools of Mohave county, thus making a noncupative will. The Miller estate is said to amount to over $17,000 in cash as well as val uable mining property on Silver Creek. A short time later a will was pro duced in California, leaving his estate to Mrs. Minnie Wilson, who was his nurse in his last illness. Inasmuch as this will was not believed to be in Mr. Miller's handwriting by those who knew his signature and that Mr. Mil ler had persistently stated that he wished to leave his property to the schools of Mohave County, this was al leged to be a fraudulent will. H. H. Watkins applied for letters of administration under the will giving his property to Mohave County, the noncupative will, and the attorneys of Mrs. Minnie -Wilson applied for letters- of administration through C. R. Van Marter, under the holographic will. The court appointed Mr. Van Marter as special administrator pending any contest. Attorneys for the noncupative will were Judge Edward M. Doe of Flag staff, Carl G. Krook and Ross Blak ely. Attorneys for the holographic will were Robinson and Brown of San Francisco and associated with them C. W. Herndon. When Court convened Monday morning the initial argument by the attorneys was as to whether the court should exercise his rights in case tJiere "was any suspicion in his mind as to the invalidty of the holographic will, of proceeding to take testimony to either confirm or ally these suspic ions before the will contest itself came up. The attorneys for the hol ographic will argued against his ex ercising this right before the will con test came up and the attorneys rep resenting the noncupative wilt urged the court to investigate the will pro duced by Mrs. Wilson to determine whether or not it was a forgery, first. The court ruled to carry on the inves tigation first, later giving the attor neys for the noncupative will, as friends of the court, the right to cross examine the witness for the other side. The witness called upon the stand was Warster of Colfax. He testified that he met Mr. Miller at Mrs. WiM son's sanitorium, where he was stay ing in September, 1917, and that in November Mr. Miller called him in one day and asked his assistance in (Continued on Page Five) O . STATE BOARD CANVASSERS GIVE STATE ELECTION VOTE The state board of canvassers com pleted the returns of the late election and have given out the results on each candidate as shown below: Supreme Court Albert C. Baker, D 20,717 A. A. Jayne, R 5,008 J. N. Morrison, S 3,687 Baker's majority over Jayne ..15,700 " T : ? : : : : U. S. Removes All Building Restrictions The Arizona State Council of Defense has been advised today ' J by the War Industries Board that ' all remaining restrictions on building projects have been re- ' moved. This order went into ef- feet on Nov. 21st and from that date all building operations of ' whatever character may pro- ' ceed without permits, either from the War Industries Board or the ' State Council of Defense. Under this ruling it will not bo ' necessary for any person to apply ' to either the County Council of ' Defense or the State Council for a permit to build and all rules " and regulations made by the War ' Industries Board governing con- ' struction are rescinded and an- ' nulled. : : : : : : : AMERICA'S GREATEST ACE WILL OPERATE BOATS ON COLORADO RIVER Capt G. L. Kirby is building flat ottomed boats near Blythe to operate n the Colorado river as far north as he Black Canyon, and as far south as aguna dam. Other boats are being ,uilt there for the purpose of hand ing the pile driver that is to drive the files for levee work. A large acre- ge in the Blythe section overflows nd while the levees have been pro tecting the farms, it is the intention to reinforce these levees to make all the old Blythe ranch safe. For the Dast fifteen years the old river steamers have either been tied'l up at Yuma or used between that point and the Gulf of California. J. H. RUSSELL DISCHARGED FROM CUSTODY BY JUDGE J. M. Russell, who was arrested last reek on a charge of espionage, had a earing before Anson H. Smith, Com lissioner, last Monday afternoon. The evidence submitted by the wit- esses was not convincing, although ne of them swore that Russell had alked against the Liberty Loan, stat ng that he feared it was "graft." Other witnesses had heard that Rus bsII had been opposed to the war work of the government, but that they knew nothing personally. He was released from custody and the charge dismiss ed. ' 0 Congress Carl Hayden, D 26,802 Thomas Maddock, R 16,820 O. T. Robertson, S 753 Hayden majority over Maddock 9,892 Governor Fred C. Colter, D 25,587 iThomas E. Campbell R 25,927 George D. Smith, S 444 Campbell's majority over Colter 340 Secretary of State Mitt Simms, D Harry Kay, R Alice S. Eddy, S Simm's majority over Kay State Auditor Jesse L. Boyce, D C. W. Fairfield, R Emmet Otto, S ...28,021 ...16,660 ... 1,205 ,..11,361 ...27,395 ...16,171 , . . 889 Boyce's majority over Fairfield 11,224 State Treasurer Harry S. Ross, D 27,459 James A. Jones, R 16,281 Eugene Middleton, S 1,021 Ross majority over Jones 11,178 Attorney General Wiley E. Jones, D 27,665 David Binshimol, R 17,656 J. L. Fitts, S 914 Jones' majority over Binshimol 10,009 Supt. Public Instruction C. O. Case, D 25.460 H. E. Matthews, R 19,330 S. E. Turner, S 925 Case's majority over Matthews 6,130 Workman's Compensation 100 For 12,873 101 Against 27,177 Majority against measure 14,304 Legislative Redistricting 102 For 17,565 103 Against 10,675 Majority for measure . . . .' 6,890 , Continued on Page 9. Kingman, Arizona, Saturday, November 30, 1918 Former Famous Automobile Race Pilot Now Leads American Birdmen Cap t. Eddie Rickenbacker the greatest "ACE"' in the American Flying Service. Captain Ricken backer, who is credited with down ing twenty-four enemy planes has just been awarded the Bronze Oak Leaf to be worn ,w,ith Hho Dis tinguished Service Cross. : ? . : : : Aviator Luke Arizona Ace Is Dead A letter has been received by the parents of Lieut. Frank Luke the noted aviator, from the In; ternational Red Cross, inform- ing them of the death of their son inside, the German lines on the 29th of September. Lieut. Luke was last seen flying towards the German lines on the 20th of Sept., apparently inquest of ob- serration baloons of the enemy. Later he was reported from Ger- many to have been shot down, but there has really been no con- Urmation of this report, although the Red Cross has found that all reports of deaths of aviators by - the Germans have been true. Lieut. Frank Luke was one of . the most daring of the American aviators. He brought down nine balloons and five airplanes, some of them two-seaters. He took all kinds of chances in the destruc tion of observation balloons and it is probable that he was caught by the heavy ground fire on his last trip into German territory. Young Luke was a splendid fel low, a native of Arizona and "his memory will be kept unfading in the hearts of the people of his native land. To his dear old parents in Phoenix goes out the sympathy of the whole country. He died a true soldier's death, on the field of battle. : : : MILTON LOTZ DIES Milton Lotz, a young man aged about 20 years, 'died at the emergency hospital last Monday of a complication of diseases. The young fellow had come here from his home at Spokane, Washington, a sufferer from the great white plague and was taken ill with influenza. The complication was too much for his frail constitution. No burial arrangemens have been made, no advices having been received from his parents. LEW ASBERRY DEAD Lew Asberry, a well known miner and teamster of this county, died at his home in Oatman last Saturday of pneumonia resulting from the influen za. He had been ill more than ten days with the disease when death re lieved him of his sufferings. He was a splendid fellow, liked by all who knew him. Lew Asberry was born in California 27 years ago and came to Mohave county about ten years ago. He leav es two brothers in California and a wife in Kingman to mourn his death. His body was brought to Kingman and interred in the local cemetery last Tuesday. AND PLANE.INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC ERNEST NEAL PASSED TrVnncf Mnoi t,aA 97 .. juj ; ." "- "6"" " J"i wm Kingman Thursday morning of ty phoid-pneumonia. He was brought to town a few days before from the San dy, and it is said his ailment was a re lapse from a case of typhoid fever, from which' he was thought to have re covered. Ernest Neal was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Neal, of the Big Sandy, and was one. of the most lik able young men of the county. His death, will be mourned wherever he wus known and will be a hard blow to his aged parents. He leaves many relatives in this county to mourn his loss. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral, on account of the serious illness of his brother Ivan, on the Sandy, and a sister, Mrs. Wil liam Brown in Kingman. REMAINS OF EDGAR SHARP SHIPPED TO FORMER HONE L. L. Wallace, of Oatman, arrived in Kingman last Saturday with the re mains of his former partner, Edgar old homej and accompanied them to the ol dhome at Santa Paula, California. Mr. Sharp had died at Oatman on the 22nd of November of pneumonia. The Mohave County Bar Association mem bers accompanied they remains to the train. j Edgar Sharp was graduated from the University of Michigan law school with the class of 1902, being a class mate of Lew L. Wallace. He practic ed law in California, later coming to Oatman, where he formed a partner ship in the profession with Mr. Wal lace. He was a splendid fellow and was esteemed by all who knew him 'for his sterling qualities of mind and heart. He leaves a father and mother in Santa Paula, California, and a wife in Los Angeles. FIRST FIBER FROM NEW FIBER PLANT The first fiber from the new cactus decortating plant in Kingman was turned out yesterday and is of fine quality. The fiber appears to be fin er and much stronger than sisal and it is sure to become one of the best cordage materials in use. The man agement is getting everything shaped up for a continuous run of the plant and the product is expected to be shipped out in carload lots to the mar ket. The plant is one of the most.up todate affairs in the country, and the Miner expects later onito give views of the various operations through which the cactus leaves are put before being turned out into finished mater ials as well as photos of the big plant. FRANK J. DUFFY COUNTY ATTORNEY Frank J. Duffy, formerly superior judge of Santa Cruz county, has been appointed county attorney to succeed Leslie C. Hardy, who is in the army, Judce Duffy is well known in Mohave county, where he held several terms of court during the encumbency of Judge Krook. He is an excellent lawyer and has a wide circle of friends in the state. IN CITY AND COUNTY Influenza has dropped off consider ably in Kingman the past week. There vere approximately 75 cases here last Jfveek at this time and to-day there pre about 22 cases. There are one or wo new cases daily. The hospital has no cases in it now, the last two having been moved out to-day. This should not be taken as a sign fiat we are out of all danger from the fepidemic inKingman, though we have probably had between 400 and 500 cases here. The experiences of other places must not be forgotten. Bisbee had a celebration when they thought they were through with the " flu" Snd now they are having another run of it. .Denver was all through appar ently and now they are again taking precautions. Seattle and Vancouver B. C. have had the same experiences. Those who have not yet contracted the disease are urged to continue daily y.ith the spraying and to take other precautions until we are completely i"out of the woods." The Sandy seems to be having quite run of the epidemic now and it is possible that some of these cases may ie brought to Kingman. Chloride seems to have escaped so ar but on this account the citizens of Chloride should be doubly careful Oatman shows still further improve- Jnent this week, there being only about eitrht cases there now. Oatman is less .", , , ., ., uaDie 10 nave a recurrance 01 uie ais- ease on account of the extent to ;which it run there. But there is al- wavs a Dossibiltv for those who have Hot had it to contract it Our percentages of deaths are so far less than in the large centers of populations', and it is hoped this con- ltion will continue. C.N.NICKELL FUNERAL HELD LAST TUESDAY The funeral of the late C. N. Nickell as held from the residence last Tues ay afternoon. The ceremony with Rev. Dodd offi iating was simple but impressive. Tie sentiment of the many friends of he deceased gathered there, was that hey were witnessing the passing of itore w;u opened again Monday n excellent citizen. The floral dec- Iteming. Miss Lulu Overstreet as rations, piled high on the bier, were a jsted by M;ss Esther Manifee and lat- t'.uui.tte, v..uu v myp.i.vs uv .- upied in the hearts of Kingman peo le. Interment was in the Mountain View iCemetery. RETURNS FROM MINE J. B. McNaughton, who has been at he Twins mines, near Cerbat, the past en days, returned to Kingman a few ays ago. 0 h SAM SWASKIGMAI, LOCAL . INDIAN, KILLED IN ACTION Sam Swaskigmai died in the fam ous battle of Chateau Thierry, one of the first and hardest fought' engage ments in which the Americans took part as a separate unit on this battle front. The Pictorial Weekly, some weeks ago. showed Sam in uniform with other Indians, and told the story of how these brave fellows had swam a river and reconnoitered the German position and then got clean away. It was in the fight where they climbed the bluff from the river that Sam met his death. i Sam Swaskigami was drafted into the army about a year ago, and was sent to Funston, but later was sent back to Camp Kearney, whence he went with his command in July to France. He wanted to see the big fight and to do his best for his "Dear Uncle Sam." In a letter-to the writer, Ma jor General Strong, writing from Camp Kearney, reported Sam to be one of the best soldiers in his com mand. The following letter to the widow of the dead soldier will be appreciated by the people of Kingman who knew Sam Swaskigami and liked him for the loy al American that he was: Headquarters 1st Bn. 9th Inf. American E. F.. Oct. 18th, 1918. Mrs. Bertha Swaskegami, Kingman, Ariz. Dear Madam: It is with a feeling of great sorrow at your and our loss and with a like feeling of great pride at his courage ous performance of his duty that I re port to you the loss in action of your noble husband, Sam Swaskegami. He died in our recent attack in one of the most glorious as well as severely No 5. 'HELD FOR $5000 BAIL UNDER THE ESPIONAGE ACT A. W. Kellogg, who was charged by the department of justice of the Uni ted States with espionage, had a hear ing ,before Anson H. Smith, U. S. Commissioner, last Monday and was held to answer to the U. S. grand jury with bail fixed at $5,000 failing which defendant was committed to jail. Irom the evidence of witnesses de fendant Kellogg had found fault with the activity of the government, noth ing that the administration did being pleasing to him. He wanted to Eee the German burn and sack London; he did not believe our government had l.ie ability Or resource to pay off even the interest on the Liberty Bonds, let alone the principal, and he did not be lieve that Herbert Hoover had the right to say what he should eat or drink, especially when the surplus went to the English in part. He did not believe the war would end as long as Wilson and a democratic adminis tration could make money out of it." Kellog admitted that he had used in temperate language, but that it was in the heat of argument. SMALL BLAZE AT ELKS BALL PROVES STUBBORN n. fti,. rjn ...!.. : ok..t "c uva nau um, vu aug aiv 1 11 o'clock Friday morning wnicn was iput out after considerable effort about an nour later. The reason that there was such dif ficulty in finally getting the fire ex tinguished was that it was between the floor joists and could not be got ten at Holes were finally made in the floor of the club rooms upstairs and the ceiling of the hall belowand in this manner the fire could be reached witn he chemicals. The cause of the fire is thought to have been defective wiring. C.N.NICKELL STORE OPEN AGAIN MONDAY Nickell and Company Dry Goods .- jjy Mfg. JJ, JX. JXICKeU, W1U COU- uct the business in the future. BORN A BABY BOY John W. Harris wears a big smile these days because of the fact that his daughter, Mrs. Murray Chappell, has presented her husband with a baby boy. This is the first occasion that ohn had to be called grandpap. o. fought actions our wonderful army has ever taken part in. He was a noble, true, brave and trusted soldier, loved and respected by all his comrades and his officers. . (Continued on Page 5) : . . Cf : : All Sugar Restrictions Removed Commencing the, first of Dec- O cember the restrictions on the , sale and consumption of sugar in Arizona are lifted. A. telegram to this effect from Food Admini- strator Riordon was received Fri- day morning. v This order is for one month only and is to be tried out with the idea of continuing it if it works out satisfactorily. The wheat program still re- mains the same, two ounces per meal, though the order govern- ing the use of substitutes has been done away with. The necessity to conserve food is fully as great as before the armistice was signed as it will be necessary for this country to feed the devastated countries of Eur- ope until the next crop is harvest- ed. '