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“’“°f*‘°““°‘”‘g’% ‘.\ . % , % » .3 *2‘; JO’)!-I‘ N CORBETT EDITOR. wATK|N..$.. N. V’,-,i~%FEBRUARY 27. 1913. VOLUM E VI, NUM BER 2.70 wuss. RESOURCES. THE ISLAND BF‘ NKURI). THE SAHARA DESERT. WINTER NIGHT. Silent and full of stars. the awful heaven Is looking down on slumber. There: xs not The breathing of a so!itary breeze Upon the check of winter. It is still As when the shapeless attributes of earth Slept in the night ofchaos. and the wings Ofa most heavy darkness hung upon The unformed solitude. The trees stand up Withouh the show of motion. and the stars And the uprising ‘of the silver moon Make visible the silvering of frost Among their naked boughs. Even the tall A [Report of the Deve,loptiien.t1hy' - Geological, Survey. -5 The water supply of the United States; is undoubtedly its greatest single min\-T; eral resource. The study of Watex; resources is therefore one of the most? important governmental inve'st‘iga.tions.3 The United States Geological Survey] has been making a systennatie st-udygofih the rivers and other water supplies in: the United States and during the last? seventeen years has published over; A Solitary Spot of the Hid-Paci Irrigation Enlarging the Arjegs of Em‘!!! The solitary little island of Nauru rises from Paci depths of about 14,000 feet; s.o‘vi1e400 miles west; of the nearest: land of the Gilbemgroup. It is scarcely as large as an American t.ownsh‘ip and it. is an atoll, but it. diifers so much from nearly all other atolls of the Paci that it. has attracted much attention. - The French have now in their service in the Sahara Desert some thousands of camels that can. travel about two and a half times as fast as the ordinary baggage camel. This fact is doing more than anything else to bring the whole desert into subjection to France. The French regard the mehara, as these fast camels are called, as so im- portant for their future work in the grass Around their trunks is like the The atolls rise only a. little above \Ti eslns of»: this ‘work. Perhaps the most: useful it phase of the work is the measurement J of the of streams. Records of ‘ stream are absolutely essential up any inbelligent; river development, 1 whether in be in the interest. of naviga-1 tion, of prevention, of irriga.t,ion,. of land drainage, or. of power dew_7e1op- menu. ' the sea level, and after the traveler has seen two or three of chem he con~ eludes that. they are very monotonous. But. a. part of the outer rim of Nauru is a verdant; ridge about 200 feet high, and when was once the lagoon encir- cled by coral reef is now a. plain, slightly rolling and strewn with coral f'ra.gment.s. This atoll evidently had a. peculiar history that. made it. different from many of-the bher atolls. Here L desert that they are bending every effort. to increase the number. They have recently offer-ed money prizes which will be distributed among these inhabitants of the oases who breed the largest number of mehara. and the best. specimens. ) an-y mulutudes. The snow tops Ofall the hills are quivering with gems- The jewelry of winter. Upon the things around me until all The grossness of reality is gone. And I can feed my fancy with the thought Qfa most glorious vision. I can cast The veil of earth aside and send my gaze Into the lnnd of {airy and look through Groves oi une'iirthly beauty. _I can see The golden pillars and the fretted root’ Of ‘wizard palaces. thegrottdes where , The el spirits of the unseen world-— - winged and m vsterious messengers From the far land of spirits—shake their plumes And white wings in the moonlight. I can I have gazozd Some of the prize money will go to the owners of animals that win in trials of ! The people of the oases will thus have an opportunity every ear to see camel race who will be Records of stream have been obcaed at. near] 2.000 d eetonts in te United tates; Z T srfce water supply of small areas in Seward Peninsula. and the Yukon-Tanana region, Alaska, and in Hawaii has also been investigated‘. During 1910 regular gaging stations were maintained by the Survey and co-.operating'organiza,~ tions at about 1,100 pointstin the United States, and many discharge measure- ments were made at other points. Data were also obtainedin regard to precip- itation, evaporation, storage reservoirs, river pro and water power in many sections of the country and will’ be made available in the series of papers on surface water supplir pub- lished by the Survey’ and in speciai reports issued from time to time. Con- sideration of the large expenditures made by Nation, States and individuals shows the need of this basic study of streams. bher ar bits of volcanic rock d vestiges of ancient. craters that. help to explain this history. a new form of sport among them. At present the French cannot get all the mehara they need to provide ani- mals for the Saharan military com- panies that are‘ scattered among the new posts. The mehara are also wanted for the large caravans by which the government intends, in advance of the building of railroads, to connect the principal oases with the markets of Algeria. E The time was when volcanic forces {lifted the submarine mountain on iwhieh stood the circle of coral and Eithe lagoon within it until the lagoon .?w;:as above the sea; level and its waters ‘egigiiained away, leaving a dry plain. Sb here we see an atoll lifted into the Agzifir so that its whole formation may \studied above the sea level. 1 _ ‘Nobody knows when emigrants came in’their small boats to settle on the ‘little island, but there is every reason _to believethat they sailed from the Gilbert Islands. Their habits and arts are very similar to those of the Gilbert :Islanders, and there are striking re- semblances between their languages. Their names for many plants are al- most or quite identical with the names for these plants. in the Gilbert archi- ’pela2,ro. tread The jeggveled pathway, where a magic wand Hath changed the unseemly pebble to a: gem-— ' A The gray sand into gold. I HON; BEACH. There can not be A vision Iovelier in the time . Of lherevealing spring nor in the sun And glory of the summer. It is as The blissful paradise of Yemen's sons- The gardens ofeuchanted Gul. —.}o:m..G1u~:m~tx.sAF Wxurrnzl. \Born in ‘Tymne, -Au.1g‘1;’st\29. 1830--Dig-d. in‘ Wa-thins, February 22, 1913. «, T The natives are not able to raise all». the wheat they require, but their palm groves are yielding more and more dates. They expect hereafter to have an enormous quantity of dates to send North, and the camels that carry them will bring back cereals and other needed supplies. The French hope to have 100,000 fast camels in the service Within a. ‘few years. ' ,_ Hon. Daniel Beach, foremost in attainments and distinction among the citizens of Schuyler County-, has completed his life-work, and -passed from the presence of his fellow men. He was'Vice Chancellor of the Regents of the University of the -State of New York; He was the School Commissioner elected in Schuyler County; ‘He was the oldest member of the Schuyler County Bar; He was a. Warden of St. James Episcopal Church;' He was p1‘OIlli- nent in educational work; He was a leader in civic affairs. Daniel‘ Beach died at his home in Watkins dtiring the mrnin hours of Saturday, Februars .22, I913, passiiig painlessly to his sleep, but aftera gradual decline in health for some months. Of late he had appareml» l)<:*t;1|. gaiiiiiig in strength,‘an_d had ‘planned to leave for a sojourn at Atiantic City on Monday, when liisremains were borne iriszeacl to the ‘grave in Glenwood. The evening preceding his (let-nise he read,a1icl‘com1ne11ted on \the subjeeTyvliTlTlT1\s family. He TE.'!1_I‘€Cl.E’lS ‘usual, but before the dawn of day his heart had ceased its beatiii‘,Ej.’-i V 17\” Miss Ruby I-fordhaxn. Miss Ruby'Fordham passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Howard Wood of Watkins, at about. 4 d’clock in the morning of Sunday. ‘February 23. 1913. Her demise resulted from neurafgiu. of the heart, following an The Sahara is also bene by a. larger water supply every year. The date crop is increasing because the ego e so cbv in rillin r In-developing‘ inland navigation the- Federal Government. alone has expend- ed in the neiothborhood of $A300»7 illness of some weeks, and the an- nouncemenb caused deep sorrow to It. W3. 2. case of th __TT_ vol- an au3L.f.z:iends..___________,_ _ Miss Fordham was born October 10, .1892, and was the adopted daughter of the late John and ‘Catharine Fordham. She graduated as Starkey Seminary, and of late had been the book-keeper _o_{ <t{l1e7¥\Z§1,bAIj: and Ice Company. She was ve—e ih her werk Nae and prospective expenditures will ap- proximate or exceed this sum. It is obvious that the determination of stream ‘is necessary to the intelli- gent direction of these large disburse- ments. In irrigation the United States Government is now expending on reclamation systems about $700;0D0§00O:‘ and this amount is far exceeded by the '4 ivate‘expen’dit.ures for this purpose in the arid West. It is furtheriobvious that the integrity of any irrigation system is based absolutely on the amount of water available.‘ ‘untary or accidental, that have brought human inhabitants to many a. Paci ‘isle. Probably a. boat or two were driven out of sight of land in a storm and the castaways landed on this unknown strand, the progenitors _?of the few hundred natives who-.now ‘inhabit theisland. ~ A When white men came less frequent- digging through the upper rocks and tapping deep sources of water. Thi_s work last year added 7,500 gallons of water a. minute to the supply in one of the oases of Tuggurb. This additional amount. will irrigate 2,000 acres of palm grovesand the oasi§ will his increased inwsizeto-1:his’extent;. The additional water will nu ‘ ; ly than they new ‘ - natives use to throng the beach, welcome the visitors with glad shouts and lavish‘ their best hosbitality them. There were factions among them and they were often at war until they were dis- armed by the German warship Eber- after the island became a part of the German Paci DOSSBSSIODS. Every visitor for years past has said that they are the most gentle, peace- able and friendly people that could be imagined, and these attractive qualities induced some English seafarers to give a new name to the island by which it ‘is now everywhere known. Even on the German maps are found both the native name Nauru and the name now in use, Pleasant Island. 120.000 trees, from which a revenue of $80,000 a. year may be derived besides an important. sum from the culnivanion of forage p1ants,~-vegetables and fruit trees in the groves.\ . Perhaps the Governor-General of Algeria is right in his prediction that. the French enterprises will make it. possible for the Algerian Sahara. to provide food for 1,000,000 more inhab- itant.-s than it. now supporLs.——New York Sun. she supplemented rare intelligence with thorough training. Her surviving brothers. and sisters are Dewitt. C. Fordbam, Dr. G. O. Fordham, Martin L. Fordham and Mrs. Howard Wood of Watkins. Mrs. Edwin Elliott. of Glenora, Mrs. Clark M. Sharpe of Syracuse, and Mrs. B. H. Tobnen of Cedar Springs, Mich. St._james Church was the scene of the funeral services on Monday at 3:30 o’c1ock, the business placeso being closed during their continuance. ’The clergymen who o were: Rt. Rev. W. D. Walker, Bishop of the Diocese of Western New York; Rev; A. W. Ebersole, now of Bellport, L. I.,'and Rev. Dr. Summer- ‘ville, The Honorary bearers were: St. Clair McKelway of Brooklyn, Chancellor of the R~egen‘.s; Pliny '1‘. Sexton of .Palmyra, of the Regents; John Lang and John L. Lewis, of Coming; Hon. Adrian Tnttle, Hon. William E Lef C. M. Woodward, Esq., Dr’. M. L. Bennett, A. A. Cowilng, of Watkins. ' The active bearers who bore the remains of Mr. Beach to the grave in Glenwood, were former and present employees: Andrew Love, L. W. Smith, John Van Deusen, Joseph McLa1'en, Herbert Putnam and Henry Scanlon. The drainage of the vast swamp areas of the country-approximately 'l0,000,000 acres——is a matter of water engineering‘ and. the study'of run-o is of first consideration in connection with any drainage project. Drained swamp lands. as a. rule become the most fertile of agricultural areas, and the reclamation of the swamps of the United States should add a value ‘to the Nation’s assets which can be reck- oned only in billions of dollars. Finally, in the matter of prevention a thorough knowledge of stream both in the contributing areas and along the great lowland rivers. is the first necessity. The‘ funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2 p. m., at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wood. Rev. J. E. Rus- sell. Pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiated, and the burial was in Glen- wood. ’l‘he_ deceased was a. member of the Church and Sunday School, and Treasurer of the Christian Endeavor Society. She was a leader among her young companions, and her pleasant ways will long be held by them in loving remembrance. while from the family circle and the community has gone before. one whose sweet being was a blessing to all who came within its gentle in A Sign of Spring. The harbinger of spring arrived to- day. His coming was not exactly timely but those who have watched him for years say he never fails as a prophet of the vernal season. This harbinger is Mr. Eeli Diver and his abode is the Genesee River between Main Street bridge and the aqueduct. He is at home to-day to all visitors but only a few hardy sea gulls called. In spite of his profane name he is a gentle bird and sits calmly on the waves or perches in solitary state on a little island for hours at a time. From windows that look upon the river many employees looked down to-day and said “howdy” to the har~ binger. The hell diver is quite a stay at home individual. From February to December he is seldom away from the little stretch of river he makes his home. His livelihood he gains easily by doing his aquatic stunts after He_'does_some remarkable diving and by some misguided individuals, he has been nicknamed Annette Kellerman. His coming‘, say those who have watch- ed him for several seasons, means good weather soon.-Roochester Post Ex- press. HIS PUBLIC WORK. _ Daniel Beach was born August 29, 1830, and was the son of Obadiah Beach and Mary Lang Beach of the town of Tyrone. His ‘early ed-ucatioii obtained in the district school, was supplemented by ‘courses at Alfred University and Union College.\ He taught school in his home town, and later in New York City. In 1857, he was chosen School Commissioner of Schuyler County, the to hold the o by election. He was- graduated at the Albany Law School, and after his admission to the Bar practiced his profes- sionpin Watkins until 1864, when he was engaged as general counsel for the Ball B-rook Coal Couipany, and the railroad interests connected with it, a position which he permanently retained. Daniel Beachlras been identi the ‘educational interests of _ Schuyler County since his term of ‘teaching within its borders, and for many successive terms served as a member of the ,B'oard'v of”Edr1cation_ of Watkins He was elected a Regent of the University of the\State of New York in 1885. and had since been an in mernber of the Board. ‘ The term for which he was last elected would,have expired in 1919. Hiscdesignation at titne of death was \Daniel Beach, Ph. D., LL. D. ,. Vice Chancellor.” >'l‘_his w‘as_the' crowning honor of his career, and one that comes to but few men in all the Empire State. The St. James’ Episcopal Church of Watkins numbered Mr. Beach among its’ vest'ry1n'en.for many yearspand for over half a oenjtnry he was active irrparisht .a_ _‘H;‘e -was one of the original'pCom‘missioners of ‘the; Watkins Water ‘Works. He aided in the i'n‘sti:‘tuti.n'g of the Public Library. He was ever i.n‘te'r.ested in the Aw'elf'are of the village-. Considering‘ its smallness, the island has become remarkably conspicuous in. 9. commercial way. No other island of its size produces so large an amount. of copra, the dried meat. of the cocoa- nun. ' A Horse Companion. Chester C. Culver, a Fish and Game Protector of the town of Jerusalem, Yates County, found his horse dead in its stall February 1st. The animal was 42 years, 6 months and 27 days old, having been born on July 4, 1870. the same day that Mr. Culver was born. ‘Boy and horse grew up together on the Culver farm, and when Chester was three years old his father gave the animal to_ him, the companionship continuing until severed by death. « On July 4, 1876, there was a centennial celebration at the village of Branch- port; and they headed the procession. \Chester when ten years of age drove -the horse to Rochester to hear General ._Grant s‘peak, but the horse getting ‘tired of the city made his way back ,”home without his driver, doing‘ —no dam‘age to the empty carriage. Last spring Mr. Culver made a political .cauvass of his election district, driving the old horse on his trips, and every man they visited voted for him. .sever§.1 years ago great. phosphate beds wet-e.found in the interior, and they are proving a gold mine to the German Jaluib Company, which is [wanking the deposits in connection with an English Com_pany.—-New York Sun. ' Diifiél‘ Tnilawlhz‘ Daniel Henry Baldwin. the only re- maining son of David L. Baldwin and Louise E. Morse Baldwin, died of Bright's Disease, at 7:15 ojelogk, the morning of Friday, February 21, 1913. He had been ill for some‘ two years, but his sickness continued thirty- six hours, and his demise was a sudden shock to his many friends. The deceased was born March 10, 1881, and thus lays down Iiie’s burden while yet itfwould appear that many years of usefulness should rema-inc .19 store for him. He was a man who had many friends, gained through his worth of character, and his considerate business relations. He was the last of the three children of Mr. and Mrs Baldwin; Ia. brother, David L., Jr., having died at the age of 3 years and 3 months, and a sister. Donna, also hav- ing died at the age of 3 years and 3 months. tun’: Fool A'Goose. A goose has the reputation of being about the stupidest creature on earth, yet it isgsaid that when it comes to a question of weather prognostication he has got the Unite’d States Weather Bureau stopned forty ways. This being the case there are good evidences of early‘ spring. From all about this vicinity come reports that thewild geese have already been seen on their way north and yesterday ‘at about noon people on Seneca. Street were greatly surprised to see a. flock of eighteen of the wild geese (ly over the city, honking their way to their favorite feeding grounds to the north- ward‘. —A Heights and Depths. The maximum diffe in elevation of land in the United States is 14,777 feet, accor-ding't;o the United States Geological Survey. _Mounu Whitney, the highest, point, is 14,501 feet. above sea level. and a point/in’ Death Valley is 276 feet, below sea. level. These two ‘points, which are both in California, areless than 90 miles apart. This dif- ference is small, however, as compared with bhe forjAsia, Mount, Ever- est. rises 29,002 feet. above sea. level whereas theshores of the Dead Sea. are 1,290 feet. below sea level, 9, .t.oLa1 ditference in land ‘heights of 30,292 feet. Mount‘. Everest; has never been climbed. The High Seas. The funeral services were held on Sunday at. 2 p. m., an she Watkins M. E‘ Chuz-ch,_oTf which he‘ hadbeen a. member for the past. seven yéaris. Rev-. ~ P. J. Williams ot and the re-' mains were borne to their last. resting place in Glenwopd, by four cousins: AIfred Woodward, Samuel Baldwin, Alvah Brocberson, of Wankeines, and‘ Be:-brand eBa41dw’in of Horsehéads. . The \high.sea.s embrace the open sea so far as in isnon the exclusive property of any particular country. The rule ‘of Inberna‘tiona'1 Law is every coun-- try bordering on the sea. has the ex- clusive sovereignby over such sea to the‘ extem. of‘. t;hr‘ee,_ miles from its shores; ~b'ub en beyond. riots ‘within three m'i1_es of some other country,‘ is open or common .t.o_a;I1 countries. The pgnjt. of;t;he sea. w.ithip~ three miles’ distance 19‘ generally called the territorial ,sé‘a.x of the particular country, or. “mare clausum.-M” The distinclion ‘has little effect) on the right; of navigation, but as regards it: is, onhergvise. Thus, foreign ! have no zgight no fish within gen:-ee miles of the British. coast. without a,=_1icense from the csréwn, or‘ unless somewpeciale uneasy has laid down‘ other :rrangementB.*—-Sel‘ect,ed. This is encouraging to those who desire an early spring. \Mr. Goos\e usua knows what, he is about, and doesn’t invade the cold climates, until he is practically certain that the frigid wea.t.her*«is giearly over.-—Geneva Tfmes. HIS: FAMILY? AN13 ANCESTRY: I D.'an‘ie1’~B‘eachv and M'fss’=A1'1ge1ica C; Magee, d‘aughter' of Mr\. and Mrs.‘H7ug,11- Magee‘, were mar'ried' at the 4br'i‘d'e’s home in ‘Wat-. kins,.June 4. 1862, by the fate -REV’. Duncan C. Mann, Rector of St. James’ Parish. {Five c‘hi1dr'e=n> werevborn to ‘them, and all with t”hé]i\r c'1f1i%l‘dre“z_1“\w:ere pfeseut atjtf1e h'.gO1de wedd-igng in 1:912. V The’ fax ci;3c{_I'e is still “u_11broke:i,.sa..£;e by the Fatl1er’$i demiée, aiid the sons’ ai;'d~'d‘aug'ahters. an-d. gfa‘ndchi1dren,. [areas follows: Mr. and Mrs. 'VV. W.- Mlumford‘ and daughters, Misses ]_‘ulia and A-n‘ge1i'ca. of New Ycajrkg Mr;a1igiMrs. .Ha;n‘is,. of New York; Mr; and Mrs“. 4Danie1 Beach. .a11_d.Sdns,_Danie1, Lindsay and Alexander, ‘of Rochester; Mr. an’dMr's'. George C. Beach, of New York‘, and Miss ‘Mary A. Béach oft11eAhome‘. ’ I % j . V . County Superintendent. A _press dispatch from. Albany of dat,e.'of February 24th, scams as follows concerning the State Civil’ Se/rvicei Ex- amination held in Watkins, on Manf- day, February 17, 1913: ' The folylowing\ have passed the ~Stjate Civil Service Examination for “the; position of Highway Superi:_1ten’denu of Schuyler County, annual salary 8650: Oren Andrew, Thomas R. Owens’, of Wat.k,ins,.Per-cy C. Gaylord, of °Beave’r Dams, Jesse Whitehead of‘ Orange. .L. W; Syamvood ‘of Ca.yut.a«. nu. Winiam Kenyan. Mrs. William Kenyon died. at her [home -near VRo‘c_k‘ Stream. Ftiida-y. Feb.- 'ru‘ary 21, 1913. as the age of about‘; years, of apoplexy Lensuiqg ,, while recovering from - the measles.‘ Het- maiden name was Emma swinzer,‘ and «her birth was‘ near Bradford‘ Shejis, survived by her husband, 3 son and in, Vdaughcer, and also her mother, now Mrs. Homer E1wq’od'. * ‘ The ‘greatest ocean depth yet} ‘found is 32,088 feet, at a ‘point. about. 4'0 miie‘s north of the island of Mindanao, in the Philippine Islands. ‘The ocean bottom at this point is therefore moremhan 11% miles below the summit. of Mount. Everest. The difI'eren'ce in the land heights in Europe‘ is about. 15,868 feet. Qontinded on Page Eight.

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