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The Denver Times of recent date sent a special correspondent to the famoua Pocos Valley to prepare an artIele for that pa]er upon the w nd srful growth of this great enterprae. The substance of the article :s asfollows: "Se ven years ago R. W. V jnsill, whose make of cigars are know the world over was obliged to give up his business, on account of overwork, and go went. He lirst went to Colardo. Among tho numerous Bubjects whlch here claimed his interest, the first and most important place was given to that vast reolamation enterprtse whiuh duriog late years has made the Pecos Valley known throughout the United States and in many parts of the old world. Visiting southeastern New Mexico in the fall of 1888, and traveling hundreds ol iriles by wagon through the valley where as yet were only tho beginnings of development, he was faseinated by the possibilities which lay in those trast stretehes of fertile land and in the abundant suppliee of water for ite irrigation then flowing unused to the sea. Prono that time till the present day his interest in the Pecos Valley has been an active and aggressive one. These seven years have sulïiced to establish in this valley - through the splendid leadership of Mr. J. J. Hagerman, who early became interested in the undertaking. and has since been at its head - the largest irrigation enterprise in America, and one of the greatest in the world. Upward of 14,000,000 have been expended in vast irrigation works, wiih reservoirs impoundlng a total of 50, 000,000,000 gallons of water and a network of main canals and lateralsaggregating 1,200 miles in length; in 164 miles of standard-gauge railway extending through the valley 's entire length; in the establishment of numerous towns and villages; in the setting in motion of the multitude of forces and agencies there are engaged in bringing civilzation into the desert. Here 400,000 acres of land will ultimately bereclaimed,and 10,000 families will be provided with homes and an opportunity to achieve industrial independence. Fully 80,000 acres have already been settled upon, and the settlers are profttably engaged in raising the Standard crops of the températe and semi-tropical zones together with fruits which are disputing for the pre-eminenco with those grown in the mostfavored sectionsof our land. The valley. which soven years ao was au unbroken, barren plain, practically uninhabited, is to-day dotted with farms, orchards and vineyards, whilc towns and villages are springing up in many places, in which, the foundations of proeperous communites are beinjr securely laid. The Pecos Valley is likewise destined to become one of the most prominent sanitarium centers of the Rocky Mountain reiffon, for it eom bines pre-eminently favorable climatic condidtions with opportunities for profitable occupation not elsewhere to be found. But Mr. Tansill's active business habits forbade his being a mere on looker, however intcrested a one, i this great work of development. Among his extensive holdings in the valley was a tract of G40 acres of land in a solid body, and about four years ago he entered upon the improvement of this property with the sole object of demonstrating what eould be aceomi lished in farming and stock raising in the Pecos Valley by the use of the most approved methods. A brief description of the model stock farm, for such it is, will be of in terest. It is situated near the center of the Pecos Valley. The altitude of this part of the valley is 3,200 feet, an altitude which, combined with its southern laitude, gives it a most dolightful all-yoar-round climate, adapted to the cure or alleviation of a wide range of ohronic ills, particularly of that dread foe of the human race, consumption. The land liesbeautifully for irrigation and is all under cultivatian. About 400 a?res are in alfalfa, of which from five to six tons per acre are raised yearly and which can be put in stock at a cost of $1.00 per ton. Twenty acres are in orchard, set principlly to apples, which are a Buperb erop in the valley and live acres are in vineyard, the remainder being in general crops, principlly corn. In this arrangemeut of producís, as well as in the planning of the entire establishment, the main purpose of the farm is had in veiw. which is the raising of cattle, horses and hogs. Hog raising is a very profitable industry in the Pecos Valley. and the Tansill farm is fullv equipped to conduct it on an extensive scale. With the abundant alfalfa and cheap corn of the Pecos Valley hogs can be raised and fattened at a cost not to exceed U cents per pound. Since cholera is unknown the Btookraiser does not need to be assured that hogs are ahighly prolitable erop in the valj ley. The water system of the farm is worthy of extended notice. From a well l'j") foet deep ia obtained an inexhaustible Buppiy of most excellent water. Thia is pumped by a fourteen foot windmill to a larye tank in a tower, whenoe it is piped to all the buildings, pens and corráis. In addition thei e has recently been completad a 200-barrel ciscorn, to wbich pipes extended f rom the barr roof. so that the farm need never be without an ampio supply of pure rainwater. I havt! dwelt at length upon this Pecos Valley farm because it has seemed well worthy of careful clescription. It is a notable piece of work, a woi'thy achievemeni p{ a man with whom success has become a habit. Unless I greatly mistake, this model stock farm, while an Inspiratlon and an example to the Valley farmers, willbringltsowner ani])le material returns for his labor and invcstment, as it has already brouffht to him the bkssing of restored health.


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