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VOL XV. In Regard to the New Charter. Some of our subscribers have asked us to print in lull the new charter to be voted upon the 16th of this month. We regret that space will not permit this being done as the new act is ot a very bulky character, and contains pages enough to engulf several editions ot this paper. We have already called atten tion to the good points ot the Act and in this issue wish to com ment on'a tew in particular. We occasionally hear argument regarding the matter of public ownership ofdifferent public utili ties operating in this town. This or any other incorporated com munity has exactly as much power as the statutes and ordi nances perscribe. Under this old law and all ordinances operative here the question of public own ership is evidenced by a vast silence. The new charter is plain and explicit on this particular point and gives a community availing itself ot the advantages therein noted, the power to own and control any enterprise opera ting within its limits. A vote for the new charter means a vote for public owner ship and control at no distant date. Under the old law Par. 684- of the Revised Statutes it says, “that the treasurer shall keep his books and accounts in such man ner as the Council may provide.’’ This Act is at the bottom of the slip shod methods that may often prevail in this office in some places operating under the old law. Under the new Act the du ties of the treasurer regarding the matter of his books and ac counts is as follows: “To present to the Council at each regular meeting thereof,a full and detailed statement of the amounts of money belonging to the City or Town, received by him and also the amounts by him disbursed during the preceeding month and the state of each particular fund, which statement shall be verified by his oath.” This clause ol the new law is in itself suffieent rea son why this act should be promptly adopted. As far as the finances of the Town are con cerned, it affords protection that may not be obtained in any other way. Under the new law ail officers of the town must do their duty, or else incur the penalty of suspen-1 sion or removal. This phase of! matters is not provided forinthe ! WINSLOW, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, MAR. 7, 1908. condition of affairs as exist at present. A Marshal. Supervisor of Streets, Clerk, Treasurer, or even a Councilman, himself shall be fit all times under the exclusive supervision and control of the Council who have power to pun ish mismanagement, neglect or other fault. This should be the case here and should be so voted by any person having the good of the community at heart. Under the present law, we must needs await the action of the grand jury to correct any mismanage ment, error or other fault. Xo action to lie taken by the Coun cil however, without full notice and hearing to lie given. • Some person having their own objects in view has circulated the report that the Marshal’s and Clerk’s offices has been abolished as an elective office by the new law. We will state that this is emphatically incorrect. The pres ent ordinances of the town pre | vail in this matter of the election of these diffierent officials. Any person having interest enough to read the new charter can quickly discover the futility of the argu i ment that these officials are no j more elected. Remember, a vote for the New Charter means better load gov ernment; it will provide a better system of handling the finances of the town; it will invest the Council with that dignity which should go with the highest elec tive gift in the possession of the electors of the town; it will make the matter of liability of the town in suits for damages, etc. exactly within the provinces of the law as stated in last week’s issue; it will mean that the Coun cil will supervise the matter of local government and correct any mismanagement; it means that the town will be taking a step in the right direction and keeping well to the front with the other towns and cities of the territory. The Interstate Comerce Com mission having declined the re quest of various railroad mana gers to extend the time for com plying with the provisions of the “hours of service” law, which went into effect on Wednesday March 4th, it has been necessary for the railroad companies to em ploy a large number ofadditional telegraph operators to abide by the requirements of the new law, which prohibits an operator handling train orders working more than 9 hours in any 24 hour period at offices which are open day and night. At any office open only during the day time an operator may be kept on duty for thirteen hours, but at offices only open during the night nine hours is the limit. In all cases eight consecutive hours of rest must be given during each twenty four hour period. In order to live up to these pro visions it will be necessary for the Santa Fe Company to put on between twenty and twenty five additional operators between Albuquerque and Seligman, the offices open night and day under! the old rules being handled by j two men, working twelve hours j each. All offices now kept open dav and night will be given three operators, working nine hours each, no meal hours being allow ed. At the greater portion otthe former “one-man” stations, an additional operator has been pro vided, doing away with the old “call bell” system, by which the operator was summoned when ever needed out side of his regu lar hours. By the provisions of the new’ law trainmen and enginemen must not be kept on duty for more than sixteen hours at one time, and then are required to be given ten hours rest before start ing on a new trip. Under the present conditions it is not thought that any increase in the number of train or engine crews will be necessary, but the im proved business conditions such as obtained on this division dur ing the year past, it would pro bably require a greater number of men to handle the business than were formerly employed, the ten hour rest preventing them “doubling” out ot terminals. Wright-Johnson Wedding Rev. Robert E. Wright and Miss Caroline M. Johnson of Phoenix were married February 27, at 8 o’clock in the evening, at the First M. E. church, by the Rev. Dr. Rodgers, superintend ent of the Methodist missions of Arizona. Only their relatives and most intimate friends were present. The bride and groom approach ed the altar, preceded by the ush ers, Messrs. Wright, Battin and Curtis, while the Lohengrin wed ding march was played by Mr. Carl Dowd on the violin, with Miss Hawley as accompanist. The ring service according to the ritual of the church was used. During the ceremony Traumeri was effectively rendered on the violin. The bridal part3’ left the the church to the strains of Men delssohn’s wedding march, play ed by Miss Helen Hirst, and en tered the church parlors below, where a reception was given by the X. G. A. club, of which the bride was a member. The bride wore a tailor-made gown of dark blue broadcloth. Miss Johnson has a very effici ently filled the position as princi pal of the Central school during the last two years. Mr. Wright is well and favorabl)’ known throughout the valley. Since October he has been pastor of the first M. E. church at Wins low. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have gone to Los Angeles for a short visit before returning to their home in Winslow, Arizona. —Phoenix Gazette. Passenger traffic is very heavy these days, accounted for by the low rates put it effect from the East to California commencing March Ist andcontinuingduring the months of March and April. It is freely predicted by the pas senger departments of the Santa Fe, Salt Lake and Southern Pa cific, that at least 40,000 people will come from the East during ; these two months, a greater por tion of whom will remain in Cali fornia permanently. R. J. Connor, who has been for the past three years in the em ploy of Babbit Bros. Merc. Co., having charge of the gents furn ishing department, has been transferred to the Williams store of the same company, the same being in the nature of a promo tion. While Mr. Connor’s many friends will miss him from Wins low, they are pleased to see him advancing and wish him all kinds of good luck in his new place. H. E. Mann, formerly agent for the Santa Fe at Bellemont, has resigned that position and accepted a place as operator at Holbrook. R. H. Ball, a son of chief dispatcher Ball, formerly night operator at Bellemont, is now agent at that point, being succeeded as operator by E. Woodall, of McLellan, the latter office having been closed. General Supt. I. L. Hibbard, of the Coast Lines, and W. B. Jan sen, Fourth Vice-President of the Santa Fe, passed through onXo. 1 Sunday morning enroute for Los Angeles. Engineer Chester V. Smith of the Williams-Flagstaff local was a Winslow visitor this week. Xo 6