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A reasonable argument about Immigration…..

Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which do not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help, it will get published via cyberspace!

From: “David LaBonte”

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.

They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.
They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it
meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one Red, White and Blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights
and privileges. Only they want to
achieve it by playing with a different
set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.
I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Rosemary LaBonte

GRA089. MELILLA, 15/10/2014.- En torno a un centenar de inmigrantes permanecen encaramados en la valla fronteriza entre Melilla y Marruecos y se niegan a bajar como les indica la Guardia Civil, que mantiene un despliegue de seguridad en la zona de Villa Pilar, entre el aeropuerto de Melilla y el cementerio musulmán de Sidi Guariach.Numerosas patrullas de la Guardia Civil han formado un cordón de vehículos a pie de valla en un tramo amplio del perímetro, donde los subsaharianos permanecen desde pasadas las 06:30 horas, cuando se registró un intento de entrada masivo protagonizado por más de 200 inmigrantes.EFE/F. G. Guerrero

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How to build a Dry Washer for Gold Recovery

The following link will take you to Popular Mechanics Magazine…very good article on building a Dry Washer for use in the desert. Nice set of plans to help you out. Starts on page 170.

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New Mexico….Tale of Jack Shaeffer’s gold remains a mystery…..

I can’t recall when I first heard the story of Jake Shaeffer and his personal ordeal that led to the discovery of a sack of gold. It is one of many such tales that litter New Mexico’s historical landscape.

The affair began on a bracing fall day in 1872 at old Fort Cummings, located upon the desert flats northeast of today’s town of Deming. The post commander ordered Sgt. McGurk of C Company to take a party of civilian workers into the nearby mountains and to cut enough firewood to see the fort through the winter.

Ten troopers were assigned as escorts for protection against hostile Apaches. A German named Jake Shaeffer was hired to cook for the men. A popular belief among frontiersmen held that all Germans were good cooks, but it was thought too that they had no sense of direction and easily got lost. Because of that deficiency, Shaeffer became the chief figure in this story.

Another man was added to the crew, a Mr. Young, who was a blacksmith, taken to shoe the horses and mules and also to hunt for fresh meat in his spare time.

The work party and its escorts marched out of Fort Cummings and headed north into the high country. At a well-timbered spot, camp was pitched and the men broke out their axes and saws. Over the next two weeks, the piles of wood grew shoulder-high, ready to be carted to the fort.

One morning, as Young prepared to set out on a hunt, the cook asked, in his thick accent, if he could borrow a gun and come along, as he’d never shot a deer. “Sure,” replied the blacksmith. “I’ll take care of you.”

That evening when he returned, however, Young was alone. Sheepishly, he told Sgt. McGurk that they had separated and he never saw the German again, although he’d heard a shot in the distance.

The pair then went out to make a new search. As darkness fell, they halted under a tree to wait for dawn. Next morning, they started back to camp but were ambushed by Indians. An arrow pierced Young’s brain, but McGurk escaped.

When the sergeant reached his men, he was met with another shock. Apaches had raided, killing all the wood choppers and two of the soldiers, as well as running off the entire horse herd. Gathering the survivors, he led them back to the fort where he reported the disaster.

A large force was sent to bury the dead, and while about it look again for the missing cook. But no trace of the German could be found. Had the Indians killed him, or had he merely wandered, lost until starvation at last claimed him?

The puzzle was solved a month later, when Shaeffer staggered into Fort Craig on the Rio Grande, 100 miles to the northeast. He was barefoot, without his rifle, and clutching his knapsack with a death grip. To the soldiers, he appeared wild-eyed and crazy as a loon.

Some of the troops did get a quick look inside the knapsack. It was filled with pure gold nuggets, upward of 10 pounds or so. The German abruptly closed the flap, and in a twinkle he raced from the fort on foot, disappearing in the brush along the river.

Later, men sent in pursuit found him stark naked and the knapsack nowhere in sight. Had he thrown his clothes and gold into the Rio Grande, or had they been stolen? No one could say.

Shaeffer was taken to the post hospital, where he hovered near death for days. Then he began a slow improvement. When questioned, the German had only a faint memory of his experience.

He recalled getting lost from Young, but had no idea where the nuggets came from. He did remember crossing a broad plain with antelope and seeing on its far edge a rising mountain with the image of woman’s face on its upper slope.

That indicated that he had been on the San Augustin Plain west of Socorro, where antelope are seen even today. And the clincher? Just beyond the plains tower the Magdalena Mountains, supposedly named for Mary Magdalene, the outline of whose face is formed by rocks near the summit of the north peak.

With these few clues, men for years tried to retrace Shaeffer’s wandering path in hopes of finding the source of his gold. But to this day, it remains a mystery.

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NM Ghost Town..Hayden….Old Mercantile Building

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