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SAGUACHE CRESCENT. V0L. XXI. NO. 52. SAGUACHE, COLORADO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1901. WHOLE NUMBER 1092. I Ill I I I I I I II ii i I I FROM OUR EXCHANGES. Doings Amoug Our Neighbors Of Inter. est To Crescent Readers. CENTER. Center Dispatch. J. L, Hurt shipped two cars of cattle te Pueblo Monday. We understand that Jute Lawrence is working in the mines at Cr(~tona. Born.--To Mr. and Mrs. Pete Sinclair Monday morning, December 16, a son. Both mother and son are doing well. The telephone company sent their man around again the first of week and he placed in several new phones. Heput one m the Dispatch office and one at the La Garita farm. R. M. Phillipsis now in Center and has been working for Johnson ou the new implement house on the west side and will move his family in town. Ha is a brick layer and mason by trade and he intends to follow it as a busineBs here. i HOOPER. From ]-looper Press. D. H. Staley and family left Wednes- day for Salida ~heir future home. J. W. Wills started Monday for Was- aonville, California, to remain during the winter. Twelve cars of wheat were ihipped from the Columbia mills since our last issue to different mills in the valley. This shows where the bulk of the wheat is marketed. School closed Friday for the usual holiday vacation of two weeks. Princi- pal Cooperrider will visit in Greeley dur- ing vacation and Miss Hall will visit her old home iu Trenton, Nob. Wm. Wallace, assisted by Mr. Steph- eneon and George Hiner, drove several head of hors~ to Monte Vista Saturday. The horses are to be shipped to South Africa for army purposes. Ralph Rowau has accepted the posi- tion made vacant in the Wallace Mere. store at La Jars by the resignation of A. J. Heinzman and is now casting gee too eyes and winsome smiles while tying up packages for the fair sex of La Jars. Ralph is missed in the company store here by morethan one. ALAMOSA. Alamosa Courier. Farmers about Moaca and Hooper have pledged 6,000 acres of bests in the event that a sugar factory is emtalished in the valley. W. E. Cox expects to return to Ale. mesa just after New Years. He is now in Kansas visiting his mother who ia dangerously ill. The contract was let Wednesday night to Cole & Whitney for the new town hall. Work is to commence nezt Mon- day and the building is to be completed by April first. Pat H. Meloney, who wu for a long time a conductor on the Salidg.Alamoaa run and well known in Alamosa died in Illinois last week. Ha has been in poor health for several years. Judge Iqolbrook heard a ca'as in Du- range last week where Raymond of the Herald had Day of the Democrat tried on a charge of criminal libel. The jury split evenly, six for acquittal and six for conviction, and the case was set back for a new trial. The real estate firm of Willis & Colt has recently handled one transfer of 40 quarter sections ot land, one of ten quar. tar sections, and another of eleven quar- tar sections. These sales indicate some- thing of the activity of San Luis valley real estate at present, CRESTONE. Crestone Miner. John W. Cook l~as resigned his posi- tion as town councilman. The Cleveland uncovered a good vein Monday in the 220 foot level. The San Isabel has ore for all pur- poses and the management is steadily pushing for more. Mayor p, J. Qmnn is expected home for the holidays. He is greatly improv- ed in health. Dickinson and sons of Pike have ship- pad two cars of ore from their property to Pueblo. They have several shipping mines in that vminity. L. 1~. Fitts was down from the San Isabel mine Tuesday morning. He ro- ~r~d their property in very good shape. The mill is running full capacity and has plenty of ore to keep it steady at work. (3. D. Coieman departed last evening ~for Mii~higan," his native state, wipers ~lrs. (J. and Master Charley Quinn have been for:the past two months. Ha will spend Christmas with relatives and re- turn to Crostone about the first of the year. T. A. Rickard, state geologist of Cole- redo and also consulting engineer for the Baca grant, arrived in camp Monday evening. He will lo-k over and inspect the work done at the Independent mine since his last visit. Mr. Rickard has great faith in the Crestone district but says that depth will have to be attained before grea t values are received. THE VALLEY (IIRLS. The Del Norte glrl never says a word, And you would think she was rather tame, With her practical views of the matter in hand-- But she gets there just the same. The Monte Vista girl removeth her sp~s. And frcezes her face with a smile, Then sticks out her lips like an open book- And cheweth her gum meanwhile. The l~.guache girl so gentle and sweet, Lets her lips meet the coming kiss, With raptured warmth, and her soul Floats away on a sea of bliss. The J~lamosa girl gets a grip on heraolL As she hurriedly takes off her hat, As she grabs the prize in a frights ned way-- Like a terrier snaking a rat. The Heoper girl will first refuse, Just to hear you insist and plead, But when she finally does consent-- Her kiss, you bet takes the lead. She of Meson catches his mustache. With a grip as tight as glue, And opening up her ruby lips-- Pulls the kms on like a shoe. She of Conejos accepts her fate, Iu a clinging and soulful way, And absorbs it all with a yearning yearn-- As big as a ton of hay. Ft. Garland's fair never sigh or pine, Nor act in a manner rude, But go about kissing in a business hke way-- That shows nothing of the prude, The La Jars girl on tiptoe stands, Her lips so rosy and red, You take her chseks in both your haads~ Then let'er go Bonner, prohibition's dead. --Alamoea Independent-Journal. Del Norte. San Juan Prospector. ! I-1. Gonly, who has recently been sink at Embargo, is now up and around. Judge Baxter is seeking to organize a class for initiation in the Elks, of which order he is a member. Mr. and Mrs. John Nevitt are expeob ing to go to Arizona and California for a short visit after the holidays. There are fifteen people in Embargo this winter. At present the men of the camp are engaged in doing assessment work. Twenty years ago-Sheriff Bronaugh of Saguache county came to Del Norte and arrested three Mexicans for cattle stealing. The Crescent is urging Saguaohe to secure some sort of fire protection. Del Norte has a first class hand engine for sale and the people of Saguaohe might do worse than buy it. Salida Notes. Record. Jacob Seligman's office in the rear of the new bank is ready for occupancy and he will open up the place for businms next Monday. He has the neatNt and ooiiest office in the city. The machinery for the Ro~ mill at Bonanza that was sold to the Fern eom- pan~ that ie operating the Eeliple mine ,at Monarch was delayed for several days on account or the Monarch line above that point t)eing blocked with snow. The machinery required eight cars to transport it. H. L. Stoddard was over yesterday from Alder. He reports a very encour- aging outlook in that vicinity for mining as come work will continue during the winter, rhc building of the Salida smelter has greatly encouraged the en- tire district and an exceptionally good year is anticipated for 1902. Engineer William Shaw was over the first of the week from Crestone. He says that the company owning the land grant is putting in expensive ma0hinery on the Independent mine, and that the ! property is being developed by as large a i force as the workings will possibly ac- commodate. The owners are preparing for heavy production next spring, when he feels sure that the camp will re~ume its former activity. The present adviser of the board of county commissioners will manage to have a couple of petit cases hold over in order to prolong his job for another year One suit is that of Superintendent Sis- lay who sues for soma $900 for expenmm while attending to the duties of hisoffica and the other is that of George Chancy who claims $77 of the county foe ser- vices as constable in criminal matters.-- Monte Vista Journal. It PURE GRAPE CREAM C. TARTAR POWDER, "D]Ra Highest Honors, World's Fair (]old Medal, Midwinter Fair Avoid ]]Jgklng ]Powders containing slum. 2'lWF m qJmrle~ to hmlt& ii i i THE SAN LUIS VALLEY. Situation, Soil and Water Supply--At. tesian Wells and Prize Cr0ps~ Sugar Beet Experiments. We slip the following extracts from a write-up of the San Luis Valley in "Sugar Beets:" The San Luis valley has long been celebrated for the fertility of its soil and its adaptability to irrigation. Theoreti- cally the valley has everything m its favor. So far as the casual observer can He, it has infinite advantages over al- most any o~her section in the state, and yet with all these advantages it never- theleaa remains true that c~ly a very small percentage of its rich and arable lands have been put under cultivation. Probably no section of Colorado can show so many wealthy land owners,most of them being non-residents, as the San Luis valley. The result of this non-res- ident ownership has been to keep out small farmers and to make it more of a stock than an agricultural district. The San Luis valley lies at an eleva- tion of something like 7,000 feet, and ap- parently was at one period a vast inland lake. The Rio Grands river, in after ages forced its way through the Conejos mountains at the southern end of the park, which drained off the lake and left an almost perfectly level valley, about 125 miles long and 50 miles wide, sur- rounded by mountain ranges which are from 5,000 to 7,000 feet above it. The fact that this lake was the drainage place for all the surrounding mountains, and that the sediment washed down from there carried richness of both min- eral and vegetable character in large quantities, accounts for inexhaustible fertility of the soil 'lhe Rio Grande river runs through the center and southern parts of the val- ley and em'ly appropmatore secured val- uable water rights, which have since been made available by the construution of large canals and lateral ditches,so that from a standpoint of artificial water sup. ply the land in the southern part of the park is ad~luately supplied with irriga- ).ion water. , Another wonderful resource is the ar- tesian water supply, which in reran1 years ha* been moat extensively develop- ed. A !ew years ago a venturesome pio- nesr deoidodto pat down an artesian well and water was found that would rise to the surface at a depth of 75 feet. Other wells were then sunk, some going 200 feet and later on as deep as 800 and 900 feet. The deeper wells had a strong- or flow of water and there are now up- wards of 4,000 wells in the San f~uis val- ley, all of them giving forth an abundant supply of pure, sweet, clear water, free from mineral and unpleasant odors and taste. Hundreds of wells in the valley have demonstrated the permanence of the i water supply, and farmers who own thsse wells are inclined to rely more upon them for irrigation than they are upon the wster rights taken from the irrigation ditches. The sptcial intent of this article is to call attention to the suitability of the[ San Lnia valley for the cultivation of the sugar beet, and the writer recently made a somewhat extended examination of the soil in the vicinity of Alamosa. One peculiarity of the soil is that while it has a certain amount of adobe clay in its composition, it does not remain lum- py not. does the ground bake hard when turned up. In a short tLme after plow- ing at any season of the year, the lumps and clods will disintegrate and the ground will become mellow by the action of the sun and air. While there is some sand in all of the soft, it does not appear that any large proportion of the soil can be regarded as too sandh for sugar beets. The depth of the top eotl is so great that the nutrious elements necessary to the sustainance of the sugar beet would seam to be there in sufficient quantity to guaran(e~ a succession of crops for many years. The land requires scarcely any leveling or preparation for irriga- ties. There is little sage brush here, and where the sage brush exists it is easily gotten rid of by a plow which has been introduced and which demonstrates its capacity to 0lean up ten acres of gro,nd per day. That the San Luis valley is very rich can be readily appreciated when it is known that the prize crop of potatoes gro*n in a contest arranged by the American Agriculturist of New York, and wherein a prize of $500 was offerred for the lai'gest amount of potatoes grown on an acrel any,here in the United States, was awarded to a farmer~of the San Luiav,lh>y. His crop was 50,582 lhs., or about 874 busileis to the acre. It is well known that the polatoes grown , in the ~a!ley (.~lual, as b, q,~;dit , if they i 'O not ~urp;m% the potato of tim n eil- kn-~ Greeley district. Further, for years the farmers in this district Imve been in the habit of grow-i ing wheat which yielded 40 or 50 bush- els to the acre and oats which yielded 50 to 75 bushels to the acre, and it is :,id that from three to four hundred bushels to the acre is but an average crop of po- tatoes. For the past four or five years speci- men plots of sugar beets have been grown in the San Luis valley by way of experi- ment. Every year has proven success- ful, but no systematic cult~vstion has been undertaken until the present year. The reports gathered did not give the result in tonnage, but from personal ob- !servation and inquiry, we are confident that the average tonnage if carried to the extent of acerage totals, would have shown a tonnage of from 15 to 20 tons per acre, and this from improperly and unskillfully cultivated ~round. The beets were of regular size and of a long tapering shape, which indicates the loose hess of the soil, and the possibility of the beet roots penetrating to the depth of 20 inches without sub soiling. The objection which has heretofore been offered against the Sap Luis valley as a sugar beet district has been its alti- tude, and because beets have not yet been grown elsewhere at such an alti. tude, many draw the inference that it would be unsafe to locate a sugar f~ct- tory there. It does not appear from the experiments made that the altitude is in any way unfavorable, and the fact that potatoes, carrots, garden beets, tur- nips, parsnips and all other similar vege- tables have for a period of 30 years or ! more flourished there, and the oldest in- i habitant cannot recall a single year that there "has been a failure in crops of these roots, it would seem that this objection ts untennable and of no force." RUSSIAN COLONY COMIN(]. Willis & Colt and ,~,. T. Ambler have made a deal ~hich will result in bring- ing 43 families to settle just east of Ala- mesa in Costilla county. They have sold 1,720 acres of land to a Russian col- ony from eastern Nebraska. R ~presenta- tive~ of the colony have examined the country and selected the lands. The ground will be cut up Lute 40acre tracts, with a house and artesian well on each. The settlers will engage in beet raisiug for the Alamosa beet sugar fac- tory. Their homes will be within one to four miles of Alamosa. Artesian irriga- tion will bs developed and these settlers will show tSe old residents of the valley the never failing water supply, which has th us far played no part in proportion to its future importance iu the develop meat of the agricultural resources of the valley. This colony will add over 200 persons to Alamosa's farming population.- Courier. "Uncle Rube." A Drama in Five Acts--To Be Olven at Union Hall, Saguaehe, Friday Eve. Dec. 27. The members of the Saguaohe Brass Band will give another popular play at Union hall, Friday eve., Dec., 27. The success of the last entertainment given by this organization is a guarantee that this one will be well worth patronizing, and as the money thus obtained ia to as- sist the boys in buying new instruments and music, which will oe used to enter. tain and please our citizens, all should take pains to assist them. Buy one or two tickets and help them along in their laudaWle undertaking. Following is the cast of charac~ters and synopsis of play: " CAST oF CHARACTERS, Reuben Rodnoy, a Justice of the Peace ...... School Trustee and ma~ter hand at ...... "swappin' hosses,". .......... U. G, Rockwell Deacon Bailey a smooth old villian ......... ............ '. ..................... L. ~. Lockett Murk, h~e son, a promisi~g rascal ..... L. P. Allen Gordon Gr;*y, a yuu~g artist .......... J. W. Beery Upson Aste~bd~, a New York swell ........... .................................. J. R. Morgan Ike, the hired man ................... Oscar Mack Bub Green a young rustic ............ Briee Mack Bill Tappam, a constable ....... C. L. Townsend M.iliceut Lee, the pretty school ma'am ....... .............................. Mrs. J. W. Beery l~Irs. Mama Buns, n charmtcgwid~w ......... ........................ Mrs. U. G. Rockwell Tags, a waft from New York .... Hilda Fairbanke Mr. Updegraff, Uncle ltube's rich nephew .... in New York ....................... Mr. Beery ~rs. Updegraff.his w~e .............. Mrs. Beery Snow Ball, the New York boot black ......... ................................ Lea T~,wnsend SYNOPSIS OF PLAY. Act l--Streets of New York-Uncle Rube is taken in all around, and eveu the beet black gets the best of him -M.eets Upson and Taggs and.in- vztes them to visit him, and JS mystified at the baby he finds--M.eets hxs relattves, makes a visit has a narrow escape from a fire. I Ac~ II--The old homestea(l--Ike i~ re)stifle4-- I The deacon hears some plain tslk--~aclo Rube [ arriws, some city yarns-T ~e battle of the bees, "No~ I nail this a reK'lar eirous.'" Act Ill--The c~,nstable's otfiee--Bnb Green wants revenge, Mark's pr()posa~--Mihy's answer. The deacon's cuuniug plot to ruin Uncle Rube-- A rece, pt for ~I0,LD0, 'l'he plot sunceeds. Act IV--Kitchen in tim old farm hence-Get- ting supper-- Milly ~peaks h,:.r mind - Mark gets impudent, He catches a tumble--Uncle Rube atut the pop corn-Poppins the question, The SUpp~ r-- t, nolo Hube arrested. Act V--The coustable's office-Waiting for news--(~ordon gives Mark a lesson in man,ers-- l'he acquittal--Uncle Rubs or,ass court--Borne hard swearing--Tags on her mus~4,-.Ta, deacon IS C(Lh~ht l.U his own trap--Mmy's fortane, hap- |~ t't|t Jlllg. lhi~ dr,ma will without doubt bs one of the best p)'odnctlou of talen~ ever given on a ~ta~.~ i~ Saguaeh~, the drama represents foerteen dif- teret~t cl~araet~rs and all par'uS are good. Admission 15 and 25 oea(s. Re,erred seats 35 ceats. Seats for ~aie at the Crescent office. GIVE USEFUL PRESENT5 We have them and will close out at the usual Christmas discount prices. ', MOFFAT, COLORADO. , | , | Ncw6oodsArr,vm0 Da,ly [ Jackets and Capes Latest Styles, Lowest [)rices. CI.OTHIN Men s awl Boys Smts that are made to Fit, in Stylish S Mixed and Plain Go.de of all (~rade,. Underwear eo,. Al, at,,, ,u aU rades, gives a little idea of our supp;y. Dress 6ends hi every Shade, Weave and Texture of the Seaso.s OtttDut, at Prices that nose can compete with. SHOES That Wear and made on Lasts that Fit the Feet, in sizes to Fit the Little Tot to the Largest Person, gives but a vague idea o~ this Department. GROCERIES We have just received nearly a Car Load of Groceries and Canned Goods and can supply with Frnits in their Season. The Be kley Packint House, ATtENTi,ON! ) I We wish to call your atten- tion to the fact that we carry in stock a complete line of ST. CLAIR RANGES and ~ HOT BLAST HEATERS, also all kinds of BUILDERS ~ HARDWARE, WINCHES- . TER RIFLES, AMMUNI-. [ TION, SASH, DOORS, and[ [ all grades of LUMBER, I The w 5to c, ** J, J, Keller. :.........,....***...................,.,.****.**..,A Stoves in Stock Star Estate Ranges, Wilson Heaters, Cook Stoves, All sizes and prices. Zincks, Pipes, &c. LAWRENCE & WILLIAMS