THE WANTS OF THE TERRITORY
In the foregoing pages has been given a "brief chronicle" of the Territory, its past history, its present condition, and its future prospects. Before closing this short sketch of the country and its resources, it may not be out of place to note the aids which it needs to bear it on to the topmost wave of material prosperity. Arizona wants, first of all, capital to develop her vast mineral wealth; she wants men who have the enterprise and the means to open up the treasures which lie hidden in her mountains and mesas, to sink shafts, to drive tunnels, to erect mills and furnaces, to give employment to labor, to build up happy homes and thriving communities, and send forth such a volume of bullion as has never been equaled in the history of the globe. As mining is the leading industry of the country, the capital to place that industry on a prosperous basis is a vital necessity for the welfare of Arizona. Here are gold, silver, copper, coal, lead, and iron scattered in profusion throughout the length and breadth of the Territory; here are railroads penetrating in every direction; here is a climate of almost perennial summer, and here is every natural facility for the extraction and reduction of ores. For the men who are waiting in the East and in Europe for a chance to invest some of their surplus millions, here is a land with grand resources almost untouched, offering opportunities for profitable mining ventures not equaled in the western country, and only awaiting the magic wand of capital to cause its mountains and hills to send forth streams of treasure.
There are yet millions of acres of unoccupied grazing land in the Territory, waiting for the cattle raiser to utilize its fine grasses. On portions of this immense domain water is scarce, but the want can be quickly supplied by the sinking of wells. No finer climate for stock can be found, and no better beef is raised in the United States. There is plenty of room for twice the number of cattle now in the Territory, and with two railroads crossing it from east to west, and leading to the markets of the Atlantic and the Pacific, no better field for this branch of industry can be found.
To men who have some means, and can take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves in a new country, Arizona offers an inviting field for the display of their industry, energy, and enterprise. For live, active men, with plenty of "push" and vim, there is always an opening. Arizona wants men with strong hands and stout hearts; men who are willing to work; men who are not afraid to rough it in a new country; men who can fight the battle of life, and are not disposed to give up the contest because fortune does not always smile on them; men who are not above turning their hands to anything that presents itself; men who are sober, steady, and industrious. With such a class of men, to build up the country and develop its grand resources, Arizona will soon become one of the foremost States in the American Union.
We have briefly stated here the character of the emigration which the Territory wishes to attract within its borders; it may be in order, also, to allude to the kind it doesn't want. Of lawyers and doctors the Territory has more than enough, and an influx of the "learned professions" is not desirable. They are already overcrowded, and sharp competition has made the practice of law and medicine anything but profitable. It is true, in these, as in all other professions, "there is room at the top," but unless a man has the acquirements and the talents to take that position, he had better remain where he is. Of clerks, and all those who are seeking desirable positions, where the labor is light and the salary high, the supply on hand already exceeds the demand, and such persons had better stay where they are, unless they are willing to take hold of anything that presents itself, from driving a bull-team to "polishing the head of a drill."
That large class who imagine their fortunes would be made if they could only get to the West, without scarcely an effort on their part, need not come to Arizona. No drones in the hive of industry are wanted here. As everywhere else, energy, perseverance,
In this short space we have alluded to the class of emigration which this Territory is in need of, and also that class it can well afford to do without. There is here plenty of room for an active, enterprising, energetic class of people; who will open our mines, cover our plains and hillsides with flocks and herds, cultivate our rich valleys, build up happy homes and prosperous communities, and by industry, enterprise, temperance, and integrity lay broad and deep the foundations of the coming great State of the South-west.