The Record. (Noble, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 17, 1902 Page: 3 of 8
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Engineering Parties Now Working
in Nine States.
100 YEARS' WORK IN SIGHT.
Washington, Julj' 12.—F. H. Newell,
chief of the hvdrographic division of
the geological survey, was esked to j
explain what would be done first, what I
second and what would be the ultimate
result of the undertaking of the federal
government to reclaim the vast arid j
regions of the west.
"The tirst work to be done," was his
reply, "is to send civil engineering '
parties into the field to investigate and j
report on three distinct phases of the ,
work to be accomplished. For instance,
take a given territory which it is de- i
sired to irrigate; before any actual con- '
struetion is begun it is necessary to
ascertain the cost of the construction j
of the dam and the canals; to survey j
and plan the details of each, and be-
sides, the law requires reports to be j
made as to the amount of land to be
irrigated, and the probable benefit in j
doliars and cents to each acre.
"When you realize that the work is
to be done, not at any given locality,
but that the most available locations
are to be selected, the vastness of the
work becomes more apparent.''
Mr. Newell stated that from the
passage of the irrigation bill to the
present time, the work done embraced
the sending out of surveying parties to
make observations and report on the
The civil service commission is being
drawn on for civil engineers and the
field force is being increased as rapidly
as possible. 1 arties of this character
are now working in California, Oregon,
Washington, Montana, Utah, Nevada,
Idaho, Arizona and Colorado. When
the reports have been received the data
will be forwarded to Washington and
here it will be classified, the merits of
each proposition compared with those
of other locations and the conclusions
of the experts presented to the secre-
tary of the interior. The work which
will be begun tirst will doubtless be on
the site which presents the best pros-
pects of gootl results and shows the
most natural advantages.
Mr. Newell estimates that for the
next 100 years there cannot possibly
be irrigated more than 60,000,000 acres
of arid land, notwithstanding the claim
in congress that something like 200,-
000,000 acres could be reclaimed. In
the far future he says it may be pos-
sible to conserve the waters of the
mountains to such an extent as this,
but the realization of this vast dream
is far ahead at the present time. It
will doubtless be two or three years
before the actual work of construction
will be begun in any locality.
Changes In Mllliary Department*
Omaha, Neb., duly 15.—Colonel C. C.
Carr, of the Fourth cavalry, stationed j
at Fort Riley, will be in charge of the
department of the Missouri to succeed
General Bates, who has been assigned
to the department of the Lakes, tintil
the latter's successor is appointed. At
army headquarters it is expected that
one of the returning brigadier generals
now in the Philippines will be assigned
to the department.
$650,000 For Fort Riley.
Junction City, Kan., July 15.—Con-
structing quartermaster of Fort Riley,
Kas., has been informed by telegram
thnt plans and specifications for the
construction of new buildings were
forwarded to that post, the estimated
cost of the same to amount to §300,000.
This leaves Fort Riley with over $650,-
000 in improvements in course of con-
struction at the same time. i
FLOODS TROUBLE TOPEKA.
Tacking House, Pickling Plant And
Other lmlu trlt> Suffer.
Topeka, July 15.—It was feared that
the river will cut away the made land
west of the Rock Island dump. This
is under water to the depth of several
feet and should the current sweep in
ther'? it would undoubtedly cut the
soil away. The Rock Island pumping
station was forced to shut down as the
water had reached the firebox. The
men employed there had waded about
in the water all day and the coal to
feed the fires had been hauled across
a long plank reaching from dry soil to
On the north side of the river Keuhne's
pickling works were in danger, as
the water had risen into the yards
surrounding several of the smaller
buildings. These have been moored
to heavy stakes and poles. There is
also a section of territory east of Kan-
sas avenue which would feel the effect
of such a rise. The water had crept
up Jefferson, Madison and Monroe
streets until it was stopped by a small
rise at Crane street. The stock yards
at Wolff's packing house were under
The Grantville road, leading out of
North Topeka, was covered in many
places to a depth of five feet. Much of
the stirrounding farm land in the
vicinity, on that side of the river, is
under water, and there is no estima-
ting at this time the amount of loss
the farmers have sustained.
Notice is Given the Vatican to That
UNWISE TO LET THEM STAY.
(iuvernor Stone Refuse* Troops.
Harrisburg, Fa., July 12.—In reply
to a request from Sheriff Goinbert of
Carbon county, asking that troops be
sent to Lansford and Summit Hill to
preserve order, Governor Stone said:
"The law under which the national
guard is called out does not justify
action under the circumstances and
conditions which you recite. The na-
tional guard are not police officers. If
there is a condition of riot, mob or in-
surrection which the civil authorities
are unable to suppress, the governor
will not hesitate to send troops, but
under no circumstances will he do so
unless the civil authority is exhausted
after reasonable effort on the part of
the sheriff and the protection of life
and property demands it."
Farmers to Build Mills.
Topeka, July 15.—The Farmers' Co-
operative Grain associations in the
state are considering the advisability
of establishing co-operative mills.
There are 85 co-operative grain asso-
ciations, all in the eastern half of the
state. If it is decided to put in mills
there will be three of them erected at
points central to the wheat raising
territory. This will enable the grain
growers to handle their wheat from
the field to the consumer.
Oyster 15ay, July 15.—One of the
most important questions discussed by
the president and Secretary Root was
that relating to Governor Taft's nego-
tiations with the Vatican respecting
| the Philippine friars, ltoth Mr. lioose-
' velt and the secretary of war deem it
unwise that the friars should remain
jin the archipelago with the prestige
j which they now possess. The attitude
the friars assume is regarded not only
j is a menace to the peace of the islands
but also as an obstruction to their gov-
| srnment and to the civilization of their
No statement of the conclusion
| reached by the president and Secretary
i Root could be obtained at Sagamore
j Hill, but, unofficially, it is understood
| that a note is being drafted in response
I to that transmitted by the pope
through Governor Taft to the adminis-
tration. As Governor Taft stated the
negotiations, it is likely that the re-
ply of this government will be sent
to the Vatican authorities through him.
Ample assurance is given that the Uni-
ted States will take strong ground in
support of its contention that the friars
must be eliminated from the Philip-
pine equation. It is said that no offi-
cial statement of any phase of the sit-
uation will be made public until the
negotiations with the Vatican have
been concluded and that then the an-
nouncement will be made from Wash-
Civil federation Persists.
Wilkesbarre, Pa., July 14.—The As-
sociated Press is able to announce that
the National Civil Federation, which
tried so hard to prevent the anthracite
coal miners strike, has not exhausted
all its means in an effort to bring about
peace in the anthracite coal fields. The
investigation which was started soon
after the miners laid down their picks,
is still in progress and it is understood
that the federal government, through
the department of labor, is assisting in
At Fort Kiley in September.
Washington, July 15.—In addition to
the joint maneuvers by the army and
navy early next September, off Long
Island, it is proposed to arrange a
series of maneuvers between the reg'u-
lar troops and militia to be held some
time in the fall at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Plans for the mobilization of u large
force of cavalry anii infantry at Fort
Riley for this purpose are now being
considered by the officials of the War
Evictions in Ireland.
Dublin, July 11.—The sheriff and a
large body of police visited the estate
of Lord De Freyne at Lough Lynn,
Roscommon county, to enforce writs
which De Freyne had caused to be
issued against tenants who were in
arrears with their rentals. In several
cases settlements were arranged, but
in others the tenants were evicted in
the presence of sullen crowds. There
was no disorder.
Arrested For Fencing Public I.and.
Topeka, July 12.—Deputy United
States Marshal Hiddle arrested Fred
Schults, of Scott county, on the charge
i)f fencing in government lands.
Schults has fenced up a big tract of
land, including- several government
quarter sections. The government or-
j dered all fences down around public
j land. Schults refused to tear his fence
; down and was indicted. He was
; released on §500 bond. This is the
j tirst prosecution to be brought under
the fence law.
$500,000 WORTH OF PRODUCE.
This Amouut Due to Arrive Anil May b«
Chicago, July 14.—After receiving
the consent of the freight handlers,
the members of the board of arbitra-
tion prepared a list of demands for the
men to present to ti e railroads and
they said they were assured that they
would be acceptable to the railroads.
The general managers said that they
would meet the men and use every
possible means to reach a settlement.
There was rioting, but nobody was
seriously injured. The chief sufferers
were teamsters who tried to deliver
goods at the freight houses. All the
streets leading to the stations were
picketed and it was impossible for a
teamster to get a load to any depot
without being stopped. The drivers
for the commission houses informed
their employers that they would handle
goods for the Lake Lines and for the
Express companies, but they would
not deliver anything to the freight
houses or haul anything away from
This means, according to the com-
mission men, that $.">00,000 worth of
produce to arrive will be allowed to
spoil unless the strike shall be settled
Heavy l.oss of Life.
Johnstown, I'a., July 14.—It can be
stated that of the 600 men supposed to
have entered the mouth of the rolling
mill mine of the Cambria Steel com-
pany, ninety are known to be dead and
twenty-two reached. Four hundred,
so the mine officials claim, escaped
when the explosion occurred, leaving
eighty-eight still to be accounted for.
One of the volunteer rescuers who
came out with this load of dead stated
that fire was raging in parts of the
mine. Most of those who were brought
out alive had saved themselves by
crawling into a chamber and turning
a valve on the compressed air pipe line
which runs along the entry.
Boers Refuse to Take Oath.
Illoomfontein, Orange River Colony,
; Tuly 14. — Difficulty has arisen regard-
ing the oath of allegiance, many of the
Doer commandants, field cornets and
| officials of the late Free State govern -
! ment refuse to sign the oath, though
! few of them refuse to sign the docu-
J ment called "The Declaration," ac-
knowledging King Edward the sover-
I eign. The oath of allegiance, however,
is much more binding1.
Zinc Ore (loei Higher.
Joplin, Mo., July 12.—The price of
zinc ore made another remarkable ad-
vance, reaching $42 per ton. The price
has risen from $32 per ton within the
past three weeks and the operators
anticipate a still higher price. Thirty
dollars per ton was considered a fabu-
lous price for zinc up to 1899, but since
that year $30 has been considered fair.
Negotiations With the Vatican.
Washington, July 14.—The negotia-
tions now in progress at the Vatican
respecting the Philippine Friars and
their lands will not fail. Of that the
administration officials here feel cer-
tain. It was realized at the beginning,
when Governor Taft's instructions
were framed, that they represented the
exactness of our claims and that they
did not preclude the idea of reasonable
compromise. The negotiations are
progressing. This government will not
secure everything it is desired.
Must Sign 8undny Contract.
Washington, J uly 11.—The controller
! of the treasury has decided that the
salaries and expenses of the Louisiana
PurehaKe Exposition commission could
not be paid until the provision of the
act appropriating $5,000,000 for the
exposition, which requires, "as a con
dition precedent that the directors
shall contract to close the gates to
visitors on Sunday during the whole
duration of the fair," is executed.
Itishop Potter to Marry.
New York, July 15.—The engage-
ment is announced of the Right Rev.
Henry C. Fotter, I). 1).. bishop of N?w
York, to Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark, of
this city, and of Cooperstown, N. Y.
; Mrs. Clark is a well known philan-
thropist and patron of art. Bishop
Potter is now in Europe. The date of
the marriage has not yet been settled.
Fnrthquake at Caracas.
Caracas, Venezuela, July 15.—At 1
o'clock in the morning a violent shock
of earthquake was experienced in
Caracas. Reports from the interior of
the country saj file shock was felt
there also. Slight damage was done at
Guarenas, Guatire, Valencie and La-
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Everton, H. G. The Record. (Noble, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 17, 1902, newspaper, July 17, 1902; Noble, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106235/m1/3/: accessed March 19, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.