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Kingman, Arizona, Saturday July 5, 1919
No. 36.
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Lieut Thomas E. O'Connel, of the
State engineering staff, is in King
man arranging for the work that is
to be done by the state on the Mohave
county roads this fall. He informed
the Miner that a corps of engineers
were expected here within a short
time to survey out the route recently
established from the main Old Trails
Road to the Utah line. It is probable
that there will be two corps in the
field, as the route from the Colorado
river northerly will be close to 100
mi,les in length and the route from
near Anteras will be about 0 miles.
While the south end of the route of
fers little engineering difficulties the
northern end mil entail considerable
time in getting the roadway over the
most available grades. Near the
river on both ends of the road there
-will be considerable of a grade to get
to the bridge site, but when built it
will be well worth the extra expense
The north and south road will be
one of the big feeders to the National
Old Trails Road, and mil do much to
develop the northern strip.
Lieut O'Connell also stated that a
big force would be put to work on the
.road over the mountain to Oatman,
This will embrace the fraction of road
between Gold Road and Oatman and
the other section between the valley
and the new road. This work will
make the trip between Kingman and
Oatman in an hour or less. Trucks
are now making the round trip be
tween the two points every day and
these big freight carriers will be able
to cut several hours off ther time, as
well as increasing the loads.
The building of the two roads and
bridge will entail the expenditure of
about $350,000, the entire out lay be
ing within the county. A large force
of men and macliines will be kept at
work all fall and winter and the road
should be in shape to take care of all
travel by the early part of spring.
The strike of telegraphers, which
began June 11 was called off at noon
Wednesday by S. J. Konenkamp, pres
ident of the Commercial Telegraphers'
Union of America. President Konen
kamp, who returned from Washing
ton this morning, called off the strike
after he had conferred with other of
ficials of the union.
Confirming a report from New
York that Percy Thomas, deputy in
ternational president of the Commer
cial Telegraphers' Union of America,
had announced the calling off of the
strike of commercial telegraphers, L.
I Marshall, who has been in charge
of the strike west of Denver, stated
that he had received no details from
higher officials.
Of great interest to the sportsmen
of this viciinity and other sections of
the state is the stocking and restock
ing of the streams and lakes of the
state with game fish by the state
game warden, Joe V. Prochaska.
Three million young fish have been
ordered from the federal hatcheries
to be planted in Arizona waters, in
cluding such varities as black bass,
rainbow trout, salmon trout, mountain
trout, Eastern brook trout, speckled
trout, and many other varieties.
Starting after the Frontier Days
celebration at Prescott, the state
game warden will make a trip of in
spection, covering the trout streams
and lakes in the northern part of the
state, looking over the fishing condi
tions and getting the arrangements
made to have the small fish planted
as soon as they arrive.
Oak Creek is to be closed for a year
as the fishing has been so good as lo
attract so many fishermen that the
stream has been in danger of being
fished out. It will be reopened July
1, 1920.
Other fishing places will be closed
if the same conditions are found to
exist; particularly streams in the Gra
ham mountains, those in the Catalinas
having already been closed.
Two men charged with bootlegging
fell into the toils of Sheriff Mahoney's
net this week, Paul Krznarich and
Kenneth Mathews.
Krznarich was arrested last Satur
day night by Sheriff Mahoney and
Deputy Bly on the Yucca road. He
had 19 pints of booze on board. At
his hearing before Judge Smith Wed
nesday morning he was bound over to
the Superior Court on a $250 cash
bond which he furnished. His Over
land car was held pending the action
of the Superior Court.
Mathews was taken up Monday
night at about 11:30 on the Yucca
road. He had five cases of liquor
aboard and was bound for Prescott.
At his hearing Wednesday "morning
Judge Smith bound him over to the
Superior Court on $400 bail which was
not furnished. The car he was driv
ing was also held. Advices received
Thursday by Sheriff Mahoney from
the Department of Justice were that
Mathews was also wanted by the au
thorities on a Federal charge.
L. W. Pankhurst who was taken in
to custody last week had his hearing
before Judge Smith Wednesday morn
ing and was bound over to the Su
perior Court on $400 bail which was
not furnished.
Sheriff Mahoney has all of the
roads of the county well guarded.
There are guards day and night on
the Searchlight road, the Oatman
road and the Yucca Topock road. The
booze runners chances for slipping
through are nearly nil.
The Secretary of the U. S. Treasury
has ordered all mints to pay the mar
ket price for all silver contained in
the gold bullion that may be deposited
at the mint. The mints have been
paying but $1 per ounce, especially
since the Pittman act went into ef
fect and since silver went above that
price mining operators have lost many
thousands of dollars by reason of not
getting the market for the silver con
tained in the bullion. The fact that
the treasury is paying the market for
ths silver and the further fact that
the government will be in the market
for silver bullion will have a decided
bullish effect on the silver market.
Silver should be stabilized, the gov
ernment coining it the same as offer
ings of gold. The necessity for coin
is growing every day in our govern
ment life, as well as in the commercial
interests. With the coinage of silver
on a parity with gold all the great
nations of the world would be forced
to take similar action or lose their
silver as well as gold.
Lieut. Worthington flew down on
Kingman yesterday morning, unan
nounced. He came up from Prescott
in one hour and 48 minutes and after
taking on gas and oil was soon on his
way to San Diego. ,
This flyer, like the others who have
come before him, was "loud in his
praise of the Kingman landing field.
Dempsey in winning the world's
heavyweight championship yesterday
gave Williard the knockout punch
much earner than was generally ex
pected, though Dempsey went into
the ring the favorite.
In the first round he floored the
champion 5 times, the gong saving
Williard the last time. From that on
it was a certainty that Williard was
Heavy rains have been prevalent
east of Seligman and this way as far
as Hackberry this week. At Hack
berry Tuesday there was XVs inches
of rain and Wednesday 8-10 inches.
The wash down through Hackberry
left a pile of sand a foot and a half
deep in places.
Word was received in Kingman
Thursday that the section foreman's
son at Topock had been drowned in
the Colorado River..
Details of the drowning are lacking.
Wallapai Three-Day Pow-Wow Ends
This Morning .With Sacrificial
Burning of Council House
The lights from hundreds of fires
brightened the hillsides and canyon
east of Kingman the past several
nights, where fully a thousand Indians
from all parts of the country had as
sembled to pay tribute to their dead
and to exorcise the devil. Mohavcs,
Yumas, Apache-Mohaves, Supais, Mo
quis, and a sprinkling of Maricopas
were there to join in the big doings.
All day long from Monday to Thurs
day strings of wagons laden with sup
plies and horse feed and topped by
men, women and children littered the
roads to the Mecca of the tribes at
Kingman. Wednesday evening the
practice for the hjg dance that was
to put the evil one out of commission
was carried on and Thursday night
and last night the feast of terpsc
chore, if such it could be called, was
it its hight. All night long the danc
ers in relays kept up the good work.
As morning dawned the council house
was fired and burned to the ground,
thus removing any possibility of the
evil genus of the tribe from return
Kingman grabbed one of the games
at Prescott and lost one. The first
game, Wednesday morning was lost
by a score of 7 to 5, on a muddy field.
The game the next day was King
man's with a score of 4 to 1 which
gave Kingman a littKi the b-sat of5c
for the two games, having lost with a
margin of two runs and won with a
margin of 3 runs.
Kingman went to Prescott feeling
a little leary as all the dope that came
from that neck of the woods said
that the Prescott Fort Whipple team
was the fastest in the state. Mat
ters were not helped any by Burford,
Stanley George and Archibald not be
ing able to go, so the team had to be
built up at the last moment by some
outside players.
Ray Robinson got two two baggers
in the first game and Tommy Hayes
got a home run in the second game.
With the three boys who were not
able to go n the game we believe
Kingman would have made as good if
not a better showing than they did.
As it was the scores indicate that both
games were real baseball, and that
Kingman was well represented by the
team it sent.
There will be no game here to
morrow. Probably a game will be
scheduled with Oatman on the King
man grounds next Sunday.
Below is the box score of the first
Prescott-Kjngman game. The score
for the second game had not reached
us when this paper went to press.
Stewart 3 4 2 3 0 2 9
Smith 5 5 2 2 2 10
Yates 8 5 12 0 0 0
Moore 2 4 2 2 2 2 14
Peary 4 4 0 110 1
Kelly 6 4 0 0 3 0 3
Sapp 14 0 1110
Mahoney 7 3 0 0 0 0 0
Gallagher 9 3 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 7 11 8 6 27
Umpires: Bauer and Zimmer.
Bale 7 5 0 1 1 .0 0
Fulweilder 4 4 0 0 2 0 0
Robinson 3 4 1 2, 2 0 0
Mensor 5 4 2 2' 2 0 0
Cook 6 4 0' 0 0 4 1
Hayes 8 4 0 0 ' 2 0 0
Angell 2 4 1 1 15 2 0
George 9 4 10 0 0 0
Clark 7 1 ,0 1 0 0
Smith 13 0 0 0 12
Totals 37 5 7 24 7 3
Two base hits Whipple: Stewart,
Smith, Moore 2. Kingman: Robin
son 2. '
Kingman batted and ran around the
bases last Sunday in the game with
Needles to the tune of 26 to 2. The
Needles boys were short of players is
the reason for the uneven score but
even at that it was not such a bad
game from the spectators standpoint.
Kingman cut down her errors to 2
and as a matter of fact batted better
than at any time heretofore. Robin
son rapped out two home runs and
all the boys handled the stick in good
ing and renewing his death dealing
During the dance one after another
of the tribal orators told the virtues
of the departed tribesmen and women
and the assembled multitude howled
and groaned their regrets. And as
the Indian dancers fell out of ,the
dancing ranks the women would lay
their heads on the shoulders of the
man and weep briny tears down the
poor fellow's palpitating bosom.
While the custom of having "Big
Crys" is fast going out of vogue
among the Indians, occasions where
many have died from some epidemic
disease has been the means of calling
them together to talk over the situ
ation and to perform some rite that
would propitiate the anger of the
Great Spirit Last winter saw the
death of many of the members of the
Indian tribes and some action had to
be taken to ward off future evil.
Today the tribesmen from out of
town are slowly wending their home
ward way, satisfied that they had
performed their duty to the Diety.
K. P. I
Last Tuesday night the Knights of
Pythias held a public installation of
officers. The regular installation
program of the Grand Lodge was
used, Grand Vice Chancellor, J. A.
Gilbert, installing the officers. The
installation exercises went through in
a fine maimsr, after which a short
musical program was put on, partici
pated in by Dorothy Smith, W. L.
Noll, Gus Rofinot, Mrs. J. R. Thomp
son, Gladys St. Charles, Lear Staten
and Emma Martinez.
An orchestra consisting of a violin
played by Madame Barefoot, cornet
by Noll, Trombone by Jimmie Curtin
with Mrs. Thompson at the piano,
played for the installation exercises.
Later refreshments were served in
the banquet room, after which there
was dancing in the hall below.
The whole affair went off in good
style and all present enjoyed them
selves. The Knights of Pythias Lodge is
taking on new life in Mohave Coun
ty, some twenty or thirty new mem
bers having been initiated in the past
few months, with several more now
being given the second degree.
The officers installed were: Ted
Carter, Chancellor Commander; Lear
Staten, Vice-Chancellor: T. H. Dodd,
Prelate; Philip Smith, Master of
Work; Bryan Hilty, Master at Arms;
J. H. Smith, K. R. & S. & M. F.; J.
C. Maddux, Master of Exchequer;
Wm. Caudle, Inner Guard; J. N.
Murphy, Outer Guard.
Maricopa county officers must have
more pay on which to support their
families is the report of the clerk cf
the board of that county to the county
Dads. County officers and ochers in
the employ of cities, counties and
states, have been hard hit by the high
cost of living and have had no relief.
It is now up to the supervisors of that
county to make some provisions for
'those employes at their meeting noxt
The Miner has always believed in
municipal corporations paying their
employes as good a wage as they
would receive in other employments,
but our legislators, in their unbounded
wisdom has seen otherwise.' If jou
were an individual employing men to
look after affairs as large as that of
Mohave County you would never think
of offering him the salary paid the
board of supervisors, the treasurer,
recorder, assessor, sheriff, county at
torney, and their clerks and assis
tants. We believe that the supervis
ors have the power to relieve any
situation in which they believe an of
ficer or clerk is getting less than liv
ing wage.
A few weeks ago it was reported
that a Mexican by the name of Gomez
had been drowned in the Colorado
River at Topock. It has since been
learned that it was not Gomez but
Mendez that was drowned at that
Perhaps the best event of the cele
bration at Oatman yesterday was the
ball game between Oatman and Need
les. This game proved to be profes
sional ball and the game closed in
the ninth with a score of 1 to 0 in
favor of Oatman.
The day was cooler than usual and
the boys on both teams were on their
toes. It made one of the prettiest
games for the fans that has been play
ed in Mohave County for many a day.
Battery for Oatman was Knorr and
Venable, for Needles Thompson and
Ward. Knorr got 17 strike outs and
Thompson 8. Bases on balls by Knorr
1, by Thompson 1. Three base hit
by Carerra of Oatman. Stolen bases
by Needles 11, Oatman 4.
Shortly after the game the boxing
matches were held. In the prelimi
nary six round bout Mathews knocked
out "The Sailor Kid" and then fouled
him, losing the decision.
The battle royal, in which four
white boys and a black one from
Needles, participated, ended in a draw.
In the main event Parker got the
decision in the 5th when Goodwin be
came sick and could not continue.
The heat or something Goodwin had
eaten was the cause, it is said.
At night a dance was held at the
Star Theater. Kingman people who
attended the dance all say they had a
fine time.
Preparations for the first state cau
cus of the American Legion in Ari
zona to be held in Tucson on July 11
and 12 are taking definite shape. The
temporary state executive committee
has met with a most hearty co-opera
tion by the Tucson post and by the
entire city. A special fare of a fare
and a third for the round trip to Tuc
son has been announced by the rail
roads for those who will attend the
convention, and the hotels of Tucson
have assured the state executive com
mittee that a greatly reduced rate will
be put into effect for those attending
the conference.
The fact that each and every man
who has seen service in the great war
will have full privilege of the floor
is making a hit with ex-service men
throughout the state. At least one
speaker of national prominence will
be present and the entire progcan is
alive from beginning to end
Since the last visit of the Miner
reporter to Oatman four new eating
place have sprung up, which indicates
to our mind that the caterer, at least,
believes in the prosperity of the town.
High wages has made it possible for
the eating houses to live, although the
costs of meals have not appreciably
increased, considering the way food
stuffs have balooned.
George Morgan passed through
Kingman early this week on his way
to the coast to be mustered out of the
service. He will join his wife in San
Francisco as soon as he receives his
discharge. Mrs. Morgan is still
working in the Naval Department!
J. S. Sharpe returned Friday from
the coast bringing with him a bride,
formerly Loraine Dickerson, of Los
Angeles. After the wedding in Los
Angeles, they went to Balboa Beach
on their honeymoon.
Mrs. Edna J. Ash, of Duluth, Minn.,
is visiting with her sister, Mrs.F. F.
Adams, in Oatman.
Monday night at. 8:00. o'clock
there will be a meeting of returned
soldiers at the Court House to take
up the matter of forming a Post
of American Legion from Mohave
County. All Soldiers, ISailors and
Marines are expected to be in the
The supreme court of Arizona has
just handed down its opinion in the
appeal of the Inspiration Copper com
pany to that tribunal from a ruling
of the superior court of Gila county
and the state tax commission. The
supreme court holds that the assess
ment as levied by the state tax com
mission on certain property which
comes under its purview is final, there
being no appeal. The mines of the
Inspiration company in 1917 had been
assessed by the state commission at
$74,168,808. The company paid under
protest over $600,000 and brought suit
for its recovery. In the trial before
Judge Shute, in the Gila county su
perior court, about $18,000,000 was cut
out of the assessment, but the su
preme court held that the lower court
could not act in the matter.
The fact that the state tax commis
sion as finally adjudicated has final
purisdiction in all cases arising from
tax matters and the assessing of tan
gible and intangible values, is one of
the most important that has been
tried in our courts in years. The
making of the tax commission a court
of final resort does not appeal to the
people, as it lodges too great power
in that tribunal. But that is the law,
we believe, and it should be remedied
at the first possible moment. The
state of Arizona is fast drifting into
a paternalistic government, which
must be corrected or we will have
such a blow up from the taxpayers
that will make the politicians in thd
alfalfa fields sit up and take notice.
Bud Stephens, who killed Frank
Miller at Prescott more than a year
ago, was acquited by a jury at Flag
staff last Thursday. Young Stephens
had been convicted vof the crime by a
Prescott jury and had been sentenced
to 09 years in the pen, but appealed
the case, securing a reversal and a
new trial. Prescott people who knew
all details of the crime were brought
up to a pitch that might have resulted
in lynch law but time has glozed over
the gory part of the killing, although
it is Inot probable that the" Stephens'
bunch will be welcomed with open
arms when they return to their home
near the Mile High City.
Joseph Stephens, the father who it
is alleged sicked the boy on, will be
tried at Flagstaff for his part in the
crime, unless the Yavapai county offi
cers believe that it would be 'useless
to try him in the face of the acquittal
of the son. The boy was defended by.
a number of Los Angeles attorneys,
Stephens being financially able to pay
thousands of dollars to secure the re
lease of the son.
Action of greatest importance to
the state was taken by the state land
board at their meeting yesterday in
the governor's office. At the sugges
tion of the forest service, the board
voted to relinquish to the federal gov
ernment all state school lands within
the various forest reserves that are
suitable for agriculture, so as to allow
the government to have them entered
upon and improved as homesteads.
The total amount of land to be re
linquished is 6,322 acres located in six
different forest reserves, and is at
present administered by the forest
service and not by the state land de
partment. In leu of the land to be relinquish
ed, the state will receive an equal
amount of land outside the reserves
which will be rented by the state land
department and will bring in as large
if not a larger income than under the
present arrangement
"This action of the land board,"
said Governor Campbell, "will result
in the settlement of the land relin
quished by homesteaders, which
means more homes and more popula
tion for the state"

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