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   Santa Fe Herald (Newspaper) - January 21, 1888, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                The Santa Fe Herald. vol i. santa fe, new mexico, saturday, january 21, 1888. no. 1. Governor Ross had a very agreeable interview with President Cleveland on Friday the 6th inst. Kansas is gradually gaining celebrity as the favorite resort of blizzards, cyclones, county seat wars, and prohibition (ee fiends. Hon. William A. Vincent, formerly Chief Justice of New Mexico, and now engaged in the practice of law at Las Vegas, honored us with a call, a few days ago. The Silver City Enterprise is a good republican- authority. Its opinion of the last legislature is interesting. That body appears to be without a reputable defender either among the press or people. It is estimated that 350,000 brick will be used in the new government building and about 1,000,000 brick in the Indian school building. Happily there are unlimited quantities of material for brick making purposes hereabouts. It is said that the people of Tags county, will send Alexander Gusdorf to the next council. It would be the right thing to do in view of the fact that he was ousted from his seat in the last council in defiance of justice and against the protests of the people of his county. The Herald is in receipt of Governor Moonlight's message to the tenth legislative assembly of Wyoming. It is a strong document and worthy of the man who wrote it. Col. Moonlight in this instance, as usual, had something interesting to say, and said it well. The attention of the reading public is invited to the voluminous and highly interesting annual report of H. L. Ortiz, superintendent of county schools, which will Ue found in this paper. The report makes a most creditable showing for the schools of the county and reflects much credit upon its author. TwENTV-two calibre people, of the smooth-bore variety, are occasionally found even as far west as New Mexico. We happen to know of one of these mature infants, who has been obliged to send clear back to the wooden nutmeg state tor a number three and a half hat for his pin-head. Most western people wear large sizes. "Guv. Ed. Gib. Ross. "This phrase is quoted from a publication that makes pretensions to decency. There is argument and appeal to intelligence for you! There is a scintillation from a master brain! No wonder that Santa Fe county, for years republican, went democratic by nearly five hundred majority last election, under the inspiring influence of an opposition organ that finds delight in such stuff. Just notice! The myth has materialized. Her* we are! What do you think of the infant? If you are dissatisfied, we will endeavor to make you a whole lot more so before we abandon the field. Of course, this paper will not last long! We have paid out nearly (400 in liquidation of freight bills on printing presses and material for fun. Just knock the chip off our shoulder and then stand around and spit on the plaza fence, to us a poetical expression, and see what will occur. Speaker Carlisle is slowly recovering from his recent severe illness, but will not be able to preside over the House of Representatives for some time. Hon. S. S. Cox, of New York, has been elected Speaker pro tempore. A late Washington dispatch says: "The House committee on territories will report to the house as soon as can be drawn up a bill making provision for the settlement of Spanish land grants in New Mexico. There has been considerable pressure brought upon the committee to hasten the matter." Another Whitcomb & Raymond excursion party, composed of about one hundred ladies and gentlemen trom Boston, New York and Philadelphia, paid a visit to Santa Fe, on Thursday. The excursion train was composed of seven Pullman coaches and dining cars and made a fine show at the station. The excursionists were e '.tremely conservative in their expenditures here. Hence we conclude they were hoarding their wealth to invest in the delinquent tax sale at Los Angeles and other overdone Pacific seaports. The crop of misguided eastern innocents seems to be by ho means exhausted. While the court expenses for 1887 are more than those of previous years, it is well before condemning the courts to take into consideration some of the causes therefor. Business has been done in warrants, which all through the year were at a heavy discount. The rnsponsibility for this does not rest with the courts nor officials, federal or territorial, but with the several legislatures which have utterly failed to comprehend financial necessities. New Mexico has always been abundantly able to pay its debts as it went along. It only needed proper legislation to enable it to do so, but that has not been forthcoming. Again, the last legislature increased the fees of the sheriffs so that expenses of their offices are far beyond what they were. The snow-tall in the mountains and high mesas of Colorado, particularly at the head-waters of the Rio Grande and its tributaries, is reported very great. The movement of regular trains over the Conejos range in southwestern Colorado was prevented for several days, during the week, by huge drifts of "the beautiful"-something very unusual this early in the winter. The weather has also been unusually severe. The sudden melting of vast quantities of snow in the early spring may cause some damage, especially to railroads, but New Mexico as a whole will derive substantial benefits therefrom, as heavy snows in the mountains ot southern Colorado assure an abundant supply of water for irrigating purposes in this Territory. In any event, it is well enough not to rush into hysterics over the "danger of disastrous floods" for a month or so. We have found it a much more difficult task to build up a newspaper from the "grass roots" than we anticipated; but we have finally materialized, as the reader will perceive, and hereafter will endeavor promptly to be on hand. When the violets bloom, and the blue birds flash their azure plumage in the genial breezes of early spring, we hope to begin the publication of a creditable morning daily. But just now we are contended to issue a plain weekly. A delegation from New Mexico, headed by Governor Ross, waited on the committe on territories at Washington on last Monday, and urged a speedy settlement of Spanish and Mexican land claims in New Mexico. Everybody who has the welfare of New Mexico at heart, even though he may not approve altogether of the bill as drafted, will give Governor Ross credit at least for the earnest and honest effort he is making to effect a settlement of these claims. We are not astonished to observe that W. L. Stevens, the rarely gifted genius who so gracefully presides over the destinies of The Northwest New Mexican, at Chama, has declared in thunder tones in tavor of the admission of New Mexico into the Union as a state. It is a state secret, but nevertheless a glittering fact, that Stevens has long had his eagle eye steadfastly fixed on a seat in the United States Senate. Hence his eager advocacy of "Statehood" is not wholly free from the alloy of selfishness.. O ye gentle! tears!   Prepare immediately todripl While The Herald will not fail to defend itself and its friends from unjust attacks, and will endeavor to make it warm for the assailant, it will scrupulously avoid that vicious spirit that pursues and persecutes without reason or decency. When a newspaper continues day after day to misrepresent and villify some one whom its controlling spirits do not like; when it gives perpetual vent to its venom by malignant falsehoods in almost every issue; when among its choice weapons are the slang and hybrid profanity of the slums-it becomes a disgrace to journalism and forfeits- all respect. Men of sense, reason at once that there is some vicious motive behind such a course, and that the newspaper which adopts it is a public enemy. The newspapers of New Mexico are, with rare exceptions, free from this charge of wanton warfare more becoming to a Fiji islander than to a citizen of this enlightened republic. However they may be inclined politically, or however they may disagree with the views and policies of officials, their criticism is of that character which commands respectful attention. It is honestly meant, at least. It is human, and not the cry of the wolf. Territorial Finances. ' Mr. Burnett, the associated press agent here, has sent out the following, dispatch: "The Santa Fe Herafd publishes a statement of the financial condition of New Mexico obtained from official sources, showing that stories circulated with the evident intent of "bearing" the Territorial securities and impairing Territorial credit are without any foundation in fact. The last legislature was urged by Governor Ross to fund outstanding warranis and bring the Territory at once to a cash basis, but neglecied to do so, though it took away the tax-paying power of warrants and provided for the issue and sale of bonds to pay current expenses for eight months. The increase of taxable values in 1887, and the prompt payment of taxes for that year have so improved the financial condition of the Territory, that within the present year all warrants now out and to be issued during the year will be paid. The bonded debt of the Territory is four hundred thousand dollars. All expenses are covered by a rate of taxation of about one. and one half percent. Immigration is on the increase and there is a notable increase in the investment of eastern capital. Territorial warrants are rapidly enhancing in value and are eagerly sought by moneyed men." Federal Building. The contract for altering and completing the old stone government building, north of the old palace, has been awarded to DonoghueSc Monier, of this city,in the amount of %37,000. The contract provides for raising the building another story, and cutting the interior up into offices for the United States court and judges, district attorney, marshal, and collector of internal revenue, and all other federal purposes, except the post-office. The contractors have already filed their bond and begun work on the building. The following official communication affords further information upon the subject: TREASURY DEPARTMENT,   ) Office of Supervising Architect. V Washington, D. C, Jan. 13, 1888. ) Mr. r. //. Britkmm. Sufi. t/t>mrt Hnut: Santa Fe, N. M. Sir:-I have this day accepted the proposal of Messrs. Donoghue & Monier, of your city, in the amount of $37,000, for altering and completing the buidling under your charge, in accordance with the plans and specifications as modified by your circular letter, limestone to be used for exterior walls and Cerrillos sandstone for cut stone trimmings. The contractors have been instructed to communicate with you and arrange for commencement of the work at once, which is to be completed in ten months. Respectfully Yours, Will. A. Freret, Supervising Architect. Col. Brjgham, architect in charge, tells us that the plan and specifications contemplate a very handsome and enduring structure-one that will prove a real ornament to the Capital City. The Grant County Treasuryship. Ever since, the failure of Meredith and Ailman, the Silver City bankers, there has been a financial ferment in Grant county. Meredith was county treasurer, and had quite a large amount of county funds in his hands. After the failure he refused to resign the treasureship. District Attorney Ashenfelter and Judge Bail are after him in the courts. Mr. Brockman, one cf Meredith's bondsman, was here a few days ago and claimed to have in his possession Meredith's resignation to hand to Acting Governor Lane, providing that Brockman should be appointed to succeed Meredith. It was stoutly asserted that Meredith would resign on no other condition, and that he cannot be forced out. Another faction in Grant County want Lindauer to succeed Meredith as treasurer. Interesting to Lawyers. As soon as the Library Board, composed of the Justices of the Supreme Court, fix a price on the volume entitled, "The local and sp  w 2 S w > ltahQci 1BQB. C. M. CREAMER. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wholesale amo Retail Dealer in Jirnthea, S/iiimji'n, Perfumery, Toilet and Fancy Articles. Choice WINES, LIQUORS   RETAIL. 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