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“At the Mission of San Xavier del Bac, Padre Messaya has, at great trouble and expense to himself, educated all children free of charge. His pupils are Mexican and Papago; he has been sadly impeded in his efforts by want of suitable school books.
“A donation as suggested by his Excellency, the Governor, in his late message, would be but a fitting compliment to the first school opened in Arizona.
“In Tucson there were three primary schools during part of last year. There are over two hundred children in this town that should be attending school. At La Paz there was one of the above class.
“Your committee recommend that a donation be made to the Mission School at San Xavier del Bac of $250. To Prescott, Mohave, and La Paz, each town, $250. To Tucson $500, provided the English language forms a part of the instruction of such school.
“The above appropriations to towns to be null and void, unless said towns, by taxation or individual enterprise, furnish an equal sum to the support of such public school."
The only measure the Governor failed to approve, which was submitted to him by the First Legislative Assembly, was a Memorial addressed to the Secretary of War, and the veto of the same, if veto it can be called, was as follows: “Territory of Arizona, Office of the Governor,
“Prescott, November 9th, 1864. “Honorable W. Claude Jones, Speaker of the
House of Representatives. “Sir: A Memorial passed by the Legislative Assembly, addressed to the Secretary of War of the United States, asking that Arizona be placed in the Military Department of the Pacific, has been submitted to me for approval.
“I have examined it with care, and regret that I am unable to concur with the Legislative Assembly, either as to the correctness of the facts therein stated, or the conclusions drawn therefrom. The Memorial makes two distinct requests.
“First. That Arizona be transferred to the Military Department of the Pacific.
“One reason urged for the change is, that our communication with Headquarters would be facilitated thereby. The Military Express from Fort Whipple via Fort Wingate can be, and is, carried to Santa Fe in less time than it can be taken from the same point to San Francisco, by Fort Mojave or La Paz, and for an obvious reason—the distance is less.
“The same proposition is true of Tubac.
“A further consideration presented is, that the military posts can be supplied more economically and with greater facility from California. Ordinarily, when the currency is not depreciated, this may be true. But, at the present time, supplies cannot be obtained as cheaply in California, when their price, and the cost of their transportation must be paid in gold, as they can in New Mexico, where the currency is the government paper. Supplies can be furnished with facility from either point by competent commissaries and quartermasters.
"It is also said that our transfer to the Department of the Pacific will secure ‘Unity of Action.? I do not understand what is meant by this phrase. I have never heard that there was a want of unity of action on the part of the military forces in this Territory, nor do I comprehend how a change of departments could remedy the evil if it existed. If the whole Territory were made a separate military district, unity of action would undoubtedly be secured, and this can be done in whatever department we may be.
“Finally, the failure, as it is termed, of the last campaign against the 'Hostile Apaches,' is presented as a further argument. The principal cause of that failure is attributed to the fact that it was undertaken without the cooperation of the posts on the Colorado River. I know of no post on the river that could have taken part in the campaign. Fort Mojave, the nearest post on the river to the scene of operations, is 160 miles from Prescott, and not within one hundred as is stated in the Memorial. The distance of these posts from the hostile Indian country is so great that their garrisons could not be employed to advantage.
“The principal causes of the failure of that campaign to accomplish its purposes, were ignorance of the country, and the lack of competent guides. Time and experience will furnish these.
“The second part of the Memorial asks that a free and uninterrupted transit to the Gulf of California, be secured from Mexico.
“I fully concur with the Legislative Assembly in the importance and utility of this request, but I do not see how the result can be attained by memorializing the Secretary of War on a subject with which his department has no concern.
“For the reasons stated above, I shall withhold my signature from the Memorial.
“But, unless otherwise requested, I will transmit the Memorial to the Secretary of War, as expressing the views of the Legislative Assembly on the subjects therein contained.
“John N. GOODWIN.” With the exception of the one item immediately preceding, the feeling between the Legislative and the Executive Departments was one of perfect harmony, and to show this I quote Governor Goodwin's farewell message to the Legislature: “Territory of Arizona, Office of the Governor.
“Prescott, November 9th, 1864. “To the Legislative Council:
“Gentlemen :-In reply to a Message from the Legislative Assembly, inquiring whether I have any further communication to make, it gives me pleasure to inform you that all business requiring your attention has been submitted to you, and I have only to express my full appreciation of the diligence and wisdom with which your labors have been prosecuted, and of their great value to the Territory.
“The task before you was indeed one of no ordinary difficulty. Since its acquisition by the United States, the Territory has been almost without law or government. The laws and customs of Spain and Mexico had been clashing with the statute and common law of the United States, and questions of public and private interest had arisen, which demanded careful but decided action. These questions have been met and satisfactorily settled. No portion of the
Territory has been overlooked and no interest of its people has been neglected. In addition to the ordinary business of the session, a complete code of laws has been adopted; one which will meet all the wants of our young commonwealth, and will compare favorably with the statutes of the older States. You have been in session forty-three days, and a greater amount of labor was never performed by a legislative body in the same time.
“I congratulate you on the harmony and good feeling which have characterized your deliberations. At a time when political feelings are strongly excited, you have suffered no party differences to distract your proceedings and divert your attention from the important work before you. You can now separate with the consciousness that your duties are performed.
“I wish you a safe return to your constituents, who, I doubt not, will fully appreciate your labors, and I thank you, one and all, for your uniform kindness to me and for the many tokens of your confidence and esteem.
“John N. GOODWIN." This communication was also sent to the House of Representatives, and there read.
The following resolution was introduced in the House, and unanimously adopted :
“Resolved, That the thanks of the members of the House of Representatives be and are hereby tendered to the Honorable W. Claude Jones, for the able, efficient and impartial manner in which he has discharged the arduous duties of Speaker of the House during the present session."