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1895: UPPER VERDE CORRESPONDENT; Fish, Etc., October 9.

1879: "DESTRUCTION OF FISH --- We are told by Mr. Ledden, who is plying between the Verde and Prescott, selling all kinds of wild and tame fowls, fish, etc., that great havoc and destruction of fish has been made by people on the Verde by discharging giant powder in the water. He informs us that he has seen several wagon loads of fish dead along the banks of the stream, and that unless this practice is done away with soon, the Verde river will be destitute of the piscatorial tribe. It is altogether too expensive for Arizona." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; November 28, 1879; page 3.)

"A VERDE LAMENT. Violation of the Law Concerning Killing Fish With Dynamite --- Other Items of Interest."

"UPPER VERDE, Oct. 9. --- Last Sunday, while out for a drive up the river, I heard several shots and presently came in sight of a man killing fish with giant powder. This erring brother seems to have forgotten the fact that he was liable to be prosecuted for his unlawful act. Some years ago our beautiful river was full of fish. We went fishing in those days and brought home such lovely fish; but now when we go fishing we bring home a ruffled temper, and a desire to hurt somebody. The law against killing fish with giant powder is a good one, for not only are the larger fish killed, but the blast kills hundreds of little ones. Usually such work is done in the night, but the 'gentleman' whom your correspondent saw, was bolder than the others, and was killing his fish in open day light just above the crossing at the Hawkins ranch. I have heard one or two parties say that they would report the first case of this kind that came to their knowledge. There are very few fish in the Verde river now, and nothing but prompt action will prevent their entire extinction."

"As I have begun to growl, I'll growl about another thing; and that is about the way some of our farmers act in helping to bring down the price of the valley produce in the Jerome market. As every one knows the Jerome railroad makes it harder to make a living in the valley. Nothing comes to us cheaper, and we have to suffer a reduction in the price of what we sell. Notwithstanding this fact there are those among us who hurt themselves and their neighbors by selling valley hay below the price of that which is shipped from Phenix. What is to the disadvantage of one, is to the disadvantage of all in a community like ours. If one man sells hay below the market value, the others have to do the same. It is hard enough without some of our own number making it harder."

"Men who rent in the valley have it hardest of all. It is very doubtful about it paying to rent land at all under existing circumstances. Some who have rented for years, are thinking it impossible to make a living at it any longer. Whatever happens the farmer always gets the worst of it. From the days of Adam until now, he who has tilled the soil has been the burden bearer of the race."

"I shall not write such a growly letter again so I will make one more growl and quit. We have some among us (I suppose that every community has some of their kindred) who always sit on the wrong end of the lever. When there is an enterprise on hand, and all are lifting their best, these cranks run around on the other side of the fulerum and sit down on the weight. They always rise up with the idiotic remark that the thing won't amount to much, so they will stay out. If ever they get to the place where they are ashamed not to help, they take hold with a Laodicean grip that makes you long to hit them a whack and send them about their business. There's an aching void in the graveyard, and I shall never accept the theory of the 'survival of the fittest' until that void is filled. Oh for a hatchet! and a decree making a certain action justifiable homicide. It it weren't for the consolation of religion, I don't know what we should do, sometimes."

"Mr. Ashley of Prescott, visited the valley last week. He was the guest of his friend and brother, R. A. Windes. We hope he will come again."

"There is a brand new baby boy at neighbor Marshall's."

"L. A. Willard dropped in at the parsonage yesterday. We kept him to lunch, and divided our bacon and beans with him. Besides being a prosperous farmer and a great talker, Mr. Willard enjoys the reputation of having the handsomest wife of any man in the valley --- except Parson Windes."

"We hear the damage from frost is not so great as was supposed. If the frost doesn't strike us again, pretty soon, we will have a fourth crop of hay."

(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; October 16, 1895; page 1.)

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