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Mohave County 2nd Annual Rodeo Sept. 3 to 6
Vol. xxxvm.
Kingman, Arizona, Saturday, August 14, 1920.
"ISo. 42.
10c Per
a Year
That Arizona, the youngest state in
the Union has the greatest per capita
wealth of even the great state of New
York is evidenced by the tax roll of
the state just completed. This roll
shows that with a population of
about 400,000 people the total assess
ed valuation of property is approxi
mately $900,000,000, equal to that of
Los Angeles, which has been crowing
over its vast riches in property and
bulging bank vaults, and with a pop
ulation of about 600,000 people.
The listment of property in the
State of Arizona for purposes of tax,-
ation are shown by the tabulation of
the state tax commission to have in
creased largely, although mines show
a decrease of $24,000,000 over that
of last year. The taxable property of
the State for 1919 reached $855,000,-
000, while this year the property val
ues run to $880,000,000, an increase of
$25,000,000. This increase is due to a
proper assessment on the lands of the
Salt River valley, which have increas
ed largely over the assessment of last
year. Heretofore these lands have
been allowed to get away with a low
assessment and the mines have borne
the burden of taxation. The rail
roads and the mines pay approxi
mately 70 per cent of the tax of
the state, and under better mining
conditions the taxation of the mines
would run up to 60 of the total val
uation of all property in the State.
For years the mines have had to suf
fer the penalty imposed by the non
taxpaying class and the small tax
paying interests. It will be noted
that landed interests in the way of
farms, grazing lands, railroad grant
lands, cattle, sheep, horses, goats,
pigs and other farm animals, saw
mills, big canals and irrigation ways,
city and town lots, residences and
business buildings, stocks of merchan
dise, manufacturing concerns and ev
ery class of property in the State
aside from mining and railroads only
pay 38 of the tax of the State, 20
less than that paid by the mining in
terests alone. And yet the mines are
represented by about ten per cent of
the population of the State and the
other fellow in consequence is enabled
thereby to say how tax shall be lev
ied upon mining property. A farm
appreciates in value, but a mine is in
a constant state of depreciation, af
ter it has reached it productive stage,
sad yet that mine is assessed so heav
ily on its valuation that it takes a big
part of its production to keep the tax
gatherer satisfied. And yet the mine
owner is satisfied if the other fellow
is assessed proportionately, which
has not been the case until this year,
and it is possible that this would not
have been done had the mines held
op to their usual production.
The tax roll of the State of Ari
zona was about $94,000,000 when it
passed out of the territorial period
and since that time its stride upward
was rapid. Mohave county in 1912
had $1,600,000 in taxable property
and this has increased to approxima
tely $24,000,000 at this time. During
the territorial days the county was
badly hampered by inability to prop
erly assess the railroad lands and the
property of the railroad companies.
Especially was this the case with the
25 miles of road running from Mc
Connico to Chloride, which the legal
department of the State refused to
allow the state tax board to put on
the roll, claiming that it was exempt.
Finally the attorney general got his
view far enough away from mine
taxation to allow this stretch of road
to go upon the rolls and then made
quite1, an ado about it for publicity
purposes. At that time the railroads
were assessed at $75 per mile across
aorthern Arizona.
Murderer of Earhardts
Mose Gibson, who was arrested at
Topock about a month ago on the ad
vice given officers by Mr. Lewis,
agent at that place, was interrogated
by the sheriff and county attorney of
Maricopa county late last week, and
the officers are convinced that he is
the man who killed Mr. and Mrs. Ear
hardt at Phoenix about two months
ago. Gibson showed such knowledge
of the Earhardt home that left no
doubt in the minds of the officers. It
is probable that Lewis will get at
least a part of the reward, which is
said to be about $4,000 in the Ear
hardt case and as much more for his
other crimes.
Rev. T. H. Dodd will hold a brief
service at the St. John's M. E. Church
Sunday morning at 10:30. All are
cordially invited to attend.
Earl Casteel and Miss Ruth Long
were united in marriage last Sunday
evening and departed on the west
bound train for coast points on their
honeymoon. Mrs. Casteel is one of
the most popular young women of
Kingman and Mr. Casteel is a popular
young business man of the -town.
During the war he was in the mech
anical division of the aviation corps
in France and whilcj he was not in
the fighting zone he aided in the work
of keeping the other fellows in fight
ing trim. The happy young people
were given a noisy send off by the
young people of the town, which was
accompanied by high priced rice and
some old shoe souvenirs. '
The wishes of a wide circle of
friends accompany them for a long
and happy married life.
Arizona is at last to have a port of
entry on the Gulf of California, a con
cession having been obtained from
the Mexican government by Col. J. C.
Greenway, of the New Cornelia Cop
per company and the Calumet and
Arizona Copper company. Col.
Greenway can readily finance this
great project, which contemplates. the
building of a railroad to St. George
bay and the dredging of that beauti
ful little harbor and the construction
of a real city. In the event that this
is put on the map it will become the
rendesvous of a great colony of
Americans who are seeking rest and
recreation". Roads will be built along
the coast and into the mountains and
that part of the State of Sonora will
become one of the most picturesque
on the American continent. Fishing
and hunting will attract thousands of
people, game of all kinds being abund
ant, especially water fowl, wild hogs
and all kinds of deer.
Besides these amusements the vis
itor will find a region that will never
see drouth.
Here's looking!
Though Fate will grieve the heart,
And worry ever fret it,
Bright comes the thought through
prohibs gloom,
I know the place to get it.
Our Wonderful Dam
iProject Reviewed
The Los Angeles Express of a few
days ago had a good writeup of the
potential features of the Boulder Can
yon dam. iThe fact that few writers
really know the area to be flooded, the
height of the proposed structure and
other matters connected with the dam
militate largely against any expres
sion of opinion these writers may
have, and it would be far better were
they to familiarize themselves with
the full details of their subject be
fore putting their views in print. Of
course, men may enthuse over the
wonderful possibilities of this pro
ject, because it is one of tht most po
tential irrigation and power schemes
the world has ever known. Instead
of developing a few hundred thousand
horsepower of electric energy the dam
could be made to develop in excess of
three million horse power, and the
other dams, which would, not em
pound the waters of the river could be
made to develop up to 16,000,000
horse power. This information comes
from an engineer who has put in
years studying the creation of power
in the Grand and other canyons of the
Colorado river. These examinations
have created an opinion that this pro
ject should be under the direct super
vision of the government so that the
rights of every state and community
may be fully protected.
The schools of the county are to be
opened for the fall session on Mon
day, September 13. Later a more de
tailed account of the opening of the
public and high schools will be given
in the Miner.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Linville have
gone overland to Los Angeles, but ex
pect to return in time for the opening
of the schools. Mr. Linville will re
main at the head of the high school
and Kingman public school.
Young Billy Carr came to Kingman
this week to have an operation per
formed on one of his eyes and the op
eration was entirely successful. A
growth had formed on the optic and
was readily removed, and it is expect
ed the eye will soon be as well and
strong as ever.
After a chase of 30 miles sheriff
W. P. Mahoney and deputy! Charles
Imus overhauled and captured W. T.
Smith, wanted in Holbrook on a fel
ony charge, last Tuesday. Smith
had about two hours the start of the
officers, but they knew the road so
well that they were able to pass and
block the road on the fugitive about
twelve miles below Yucca. Smith had
left town two hours before the sher
iff received the warrant for his ar
rest and thdtwo officers then took
up the trail and had their man back
in town inside of four hours.
The officers complain of the lack
of information sent out by officers in
other parts of the State in the mat
ter of fugitives from justice, not re
ceiving notice of the crimes commit
ted until the birds have flown. Had
the Maricopa county officers notified
the officers of this county of the mur
der of the Earhardts they could have
captured the murderer in Kingman
la few days after the commission of
the crime.
At las't the Wallapais have a new
chief, Steve Leve Leve having been
promoted (?) to that high and hon
orable position, but who presented
him with the job has not been made
public. Upon the death of Sherum,
who was head chief of the tribe, var
ious Indians tried to set up theft her
editary succession to the throne, but
the Indians refused to recognize the
divine right to rule by heredity, and
the office was allowed to remain va
cant. Finally Peace Chief Leve Leve
died and left the tribe without a rul
ing officer and the son, Steve was
brought forward for the position. To
substantiate his authority Steve now
displays a golden badge upon which
is engraved "Steve Levey, chief of
Wallapai Indians."
There is no authority in Indian
chiefs, the young braves passing them
up with as little compunction as a
republican would the league of na
Mrs. Emma Williams, who was
tried and convicted on a charge of
murdering a man named McVickers,
at Stockton, California, about twelve
years ago is said to have been parol
ed from San Quentin prison. Mrs.
Williams lived as the wife of Wil
liams,' a blacksmith, at Bisbee, some
thing over 12 years ago, and upon the
death of Williams went to California
and remained there some months. Re
turning to Bisbee she opened a res
taurant and tiring of the business she
left -that place in company of a miner
named! McVicker. Some time after
the couple left Bisbee a baggage man
at Stockton noticed a trunk that had
been offered by Mrs. Williams for
shipment, was covered with blood.
The trunk was opened and the body
of McVicker found therein. Mrs.
Williams was arrested and confessed
the murder and was later convicted
and sentenced to be hung. A new
trial was granted and the jury again
found her guilty and she was senten
ced to life imprisonment. She is now
an old woman, broken in health. She
was well known in the mining camps
during her early life and was consid
ered a rather exemplary woman.
The last date at which candidate
may make their filings for office is
next Wednesday. Practically all can
didates have filed their petition to
get on the ballot, and while there will
not be as many parties as heretofore
the various parties are trying to be
recognized in some way. The social
ists and prohibition candidates went
below the limit last year and cannot
get a position on the ballot, the party
voters being compelled to use the
blank ballot for its candidates or go
upon the ballot at the general election
by petition.
Ray Sage, manager of the Desert
Power and Water company, was a
visitor from Chloride Thursday.
The first real state meeting of the
American Legion was held in Globe
this week and much important busi
ness was transacted. Mohave county
Legions were presented by V. P.
Lucas of Ellis Harbach Post of Oat
man. Mr. Lucas was offered the po
sition of delegate to the National
Legion Convention if he would stand
with the members from the south,
who wished to establish the next
meeting of the Legion in the south.
Mr. Lucas staid with his northern
friends and the next meeting of the
Legion will be held in Prescott. That
his stand was appreciated is indicated
by tha following telegram from Er
nest Love Post at Prescott:
Prescott, Ariz., Aug. 12, 1920.
Mohave County Miner,
Kingman, Arizona.
Northern Arizona secured next
State Convention, department of Ari
zona, American Legion, because of
the action of the delegate of Ellis i
Harbach Post No. 29, V. P. Lucas. He
refused to trade the interest of North
ern Arizona to secure a place as del
egate to the National Convention of
the Legion for himself and supported
the Northern Counties.
Delegates Ernest Love Post No. ,6
Prescott, Arizona,
Frank Norton was arrested Thurs
day last between Oatman and Need
les by Deputy Sheriff William Mackie
on a complaint charging him with
forgery. Norton is alleged to have
forged the name of the paymaster of
the United Eastern Mining company
to a check for $30 and cashed it with
Roy Stackpoole of the Farrow-Stack-poole
Automotive agency, at Oatman.
It was understood that the young man
was making his get-away out of the
country when apprehended. He was
taken to the Mohave county jail at
Kingman Thursday by William
Mackie and will have a hearing with
in a few days.
Norton had been working1 in Oat
man for some time and those who
know him express surprise at his ac
tion. Operate For Appendicitis
Last Tuesday Drs. Todt, White and
Tilton performed a successful opera
tion on F. W. Davis for appendicitis.
Mr. Davis was in a bad shape and
the doctors had to operate quickly.
So successful was the operation that
Mr. Davis is now on the road to re
covery. Mr. Davis is a well known mining
man and his many friends here are
pleased to know that he will soon be
around again.
The small son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil
liam Brown, of the Big Sandy, suf
fered an injury to one of his eyes a
few weeks ago and the injury has de
veloped to such an extent that the lit
tle fellow had to be taken to a spec
ialist in Los Angeles last Thursday
evening. The boy was driving some
cows through a wood and a twig
struch him in the eye. While it was
rather painful it was not thought that
it would become! serious, but a film
gradually spread over the eye until
the sight was lost. It is thought that
the film will be removed and that the
sight will be restored, by an opera
Charles Wilson, the brakeman who
was badly injured by being thrown
from a Santa Fe train at Cherokee,
a week or more ago, is rapidly re
covering at the Santa Fe hospital in
Los Angeles, although his injuries
were at first thought fatal.
Al Jorgenson and W. J. Cook were
Kingman visitors Wednesday last,
coming from Chloride on business.
Mr. Jorgenson is one of the most im
portant boosters of that part of the
country for good roads and other in
ternal improvements and Mr. Cook is
a good running mate. Everything
that is for the benefit of Chloride, or
for that matter any part of the coun
ty receives their support and we are
always pleased to welcome them to
John F. McDonald, one of the best
known miners of this county, died at
(St. Joseph's hospital, Phoenix, last
Sunday evening after a long illness.
Mr. McDonald went to Phoenix sev
eral months ago and was operated on
for some organic trouble and after re
covering nicely from the operation re
turned home, but the trouble recurred
and he was again operated on, but
failed i to rally, passing away a few
days later.
Jack McDonald came to .this county
about 25 years ago and engaged in
mining in various camps. He had
followed mining for more than forty
years in other sections of the mining
west and was well known to all old
timers. He was a wholesouled fel
low ,generous to a fault. May he
rest in peace beneath the sou of the
land that he loved best.
And sure what does it take to make
a champion, we would ask the North
ern Arizona Leader, which has been
standing on the topmost pinnacle of
San Francisco Peak and crowing its
delight over the alleged "champion
ship" of the state by the aggregation
of ball tossers of the Skylight City.
While it does not acclaim its bunch
of players as cellar champs, it is ap
parent that they are close to the base
ment in the matter of game wining.
Unlike a prize fight, a ball team has
to win games in plenty and in per
centage to figure out its supremacy in
the percentage column and not claim
it because of having defeated a club
that was considered strong. The
Standard Oil team was not even a
champion team in its own locality and
the fact that Flagstaff bumped them
in two games does not tell even a
small part of the story. How many
games has Flagstaff played and how
many of these games has it won and
is its percentage of wins greater than
the other teams which it has played?
is the question that goes to make up
championships. Williams beat the
"champs" three straight games; Win
slow hung the flag on them, and so
did Clarkdale and JeromeT Kingman
had one to one with them and tomor
row plays the return game on the
Flagstaff grounds. Among the teams
that has played all comers is the
Kingman "Wildcats" with 13 wins
out of 16 games, a percentage of 812,
far away in the lead of the mountain
toppers. When Flagstaff captures
the necessary percentage of games to
jKi them in tiie lead every clubjwill
give them the proper credit, but no
loud crowing, nor flapping of wings
will give title to the pennant.
A fued of some months standing
resulted in the deaths of two Mexican
sheepmen, some distance north of
Williams, Arizona, last Thursday.
The men were in the employment of
J. F. Baggs & Company and had been
herding their sheep upon the home
stead of W. A. Johnson. Johnson had
ordered the men and their flocks
away, but they refused and a com
plaint was lodged with the justices
court against them. Later Johnson
asked a cattleman named George
Robinson to go with him to the camp
of the Mexicans, which they did, after
arming themselves with rifles. They
allege that when they came in sight
of the Mexican camp they were fired
upon and at once returned the fire.
One Mexican was killed outright and
the other one crawled into the brush
and died. The men gave themselves
up. It is said that there has been a
great deal of hard feeling between
the cattlemen: and sheepmen in the
country through the forest reserve
and also over in Apache county that
may develop into a war. The Daggs
people have had many wars with oth
er stock raisers, one of the family be
ing killed near Superior some years
ago, although this killing was over
possession of a mine.
Nathan Shapiro, who was taken
off an east bound train last week be
cause of his peculiar actions, died in
the county jail last Tuesday night.
The poor fellow was suffering from
tuberculosis and his physical ailment
probably caused his mental collapse.
He was being sent from Los Angeles
to New York by a Jewish organiza
tion, but had a ticket only as far as
Albuquerque. No relatives could be
found and he was buried at the ex
pense of the county.
Manager M. G. Wagner has been
busy the past week lining up bulls
and calves to be used in Kingman's
Second) Annual Rodeo, September 3,
4, 5 & 6th.
The cattlemen of the county have
been especially liberal in donating
stock. Their co-operation is helping
make the Rodeo a success and is much
There is no doubt but that it will
be a big show and interesting from
start to finish. A great many people
are planning to come from the out
side and the city of Kingman will be
crowded from present appearances.
The management requests that all
interested communicate! with Secre
tary I. R. Bartholomew for particu
lars. The programs and rules are
out and will be sent to anyone inter
Another chapter in the fight of the
Jerome-Union stage line is being
written by the filing of an amended
complaint in the superior court of
Yavapai county, the trial of which is
taking place in that court today be
fore Judge Bollinger of this county.
The complaint names the county at
torney of Yavapai county, sheriff,
two? justices of the peace, the Ari
zona corporation commission and the
Arizona Bus company. The corpora
tion commission granted the bus
company an absolute franchise to run
over the short line between Prescott
and Jerome. The Union stage com
pany had a charter over the old road
to Clarkdale and. when, the new road
was completed changed over to the
Jerome route. It is now seeking to
restrain the corporation commission
and the others from interfering with
its routing of stage lines, claiming
that the corporation commission has
no right to grant monopolies. The
issues will be tried out and may go to
the supreme court. The superior
court of Yuma county enjoined the
corporation commission iri a similar
With his eye terribly lacerated by
the explosion of a giant cap the
young son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack
Lewis, of Chloride, was rushed to
Kingman last Saturday to secure
medical assistance. Dr. White treat-!
ed the injured eye, but it was in such
a condition that he advised that the
boy be taken to Los Angeles to
specialist, which was done. Drl
White today received advices iror
the hospital that the boy was gettu
along nicely, but that the eye had t
be removed, the sight being total!)
destroyed. Precautions were takei
to prevent tetanus, pieces of cap
inc found in the wound.
Young Lewis had been playing witl
other boys near his home last ban
urday, andi having found some cap!
concluded that they would make
noise with them, wherefore one wa
thrown against a rock. Portions o
the can were dnven into young Lewi!
eye and face, causing him intens
pain. He will not be distigurett D
the accident, we are pleased to say.
From! Buffalo, New York, comd
the sad news of the death of Mrs. .
I. Stall, which occurred at that pla
last week. Mrs. Stall left Chloriq
about a month ago to visit witi
friends in the east and appeared
be in good physical condition. Aft
visiting with friends in various pa
of the country she went to Buffa
and died a few days after her arri
val there.
Mrs. Stall was the widow of the lal
Fred H. Stall and one of the best !
loved women of Chloride, where
had resided many years. Her deal
will be greatly regretted by a wil
circle of acquaintances.
Sunday, August 16th, 1920.
Mass will be said at 7:30 A. M-
Rev. Father Jos. HootsmansJ

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