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trunk was scoured among the ladies who had recently arrived from the east, and a few bolts were donated. Various crude toys and goods were then manufactured by men conversant with the handling of tools, or skilled in such handiwork. Quite a respectable collection was secured in this manner, everybody contributing something that he either could manufacture or purchase. But the most important consideration yet faced the committee, and that was to secure music for the event. An inventory of the burg disclosed that there was but one musical instrument to be found—a violin, out of tune, and minus a string. The owner was conversant with but one air—The Arkansaw Traveller. This was humiliating to the directors, but there must be melody, and after the operator was admonished to play something half way through and then to repeat it with a change in cadence, the day arrived for the event-Arizona's first Christmas tree.
“The little home was jammed, and the men who usually wore hard-looking countenances, and in their reckless careers were accustomed to the rougher side of human life, recalled the long ago in old New England when they, too, were young, and when they also went up to get what was coming as their names were called out by the Superintendent of the Sunday School. So they weakened, as it were, and each gave himself up to the spirit of the day with a joyousness that was in harmony with their lives when they were home with the old folks beyond the Rockies. Mr. Rodenburg says that electric bulbs may glow in many colors from the Christmas trees of the present day, trained voices may chant the melo
dies, diamonds and gilt-edged presents may ornament the garments, children may devour the many colored sweets that are run out by the ton, but that that old blackjack was just as good, that old tree was just as handsome, and above it all there was the genuine and the devoted spirit around that old Christmas tree of long ago that cannot be duplicated, because, he says, we did not mix the occasion then, as they do now, with discrimination and commercialismwe gave them all a run for their money."
Veterans of the First Arizona Volunteer Infantry Company "B," 1865-66.
1. Cheroquis. 2. Moh Ush. 3. Machie Gulack.
5. Chaequetz Am. 6. Hamaware Quineal.
4. Moll Daker. 7. Oh Wan.
THE ARIZONA VOLUNTEERS.
FOUR COMPANIES ORGANIZED — ONE COM-
BIOGRAPHY OF CAPTAIN J. D. WALKER. The following is compiled from original papers in the office of the Adjutant-General of the State of Arizona, which he has kindly placed at my disposal. These papers all refer to the organization of the Arizona militia, and their activities during the years 1865 and 1866.
On the 20th of February, 1864, the Governor of Arizona asked authority to raise a regiment of volunteers in Arizona for service for three years, or during the war, in reply to which he received the following letter:
“Washington, D. C., April 1, 1864.
“Fort Whipple, Arizona Territory. “Sir: As requested in your letter of the 20th of February, you are hereby authorized to raise within the territory of Arizona one regiment of volunteer infantry to serve for three years or during the war. The chief mustering officer for the Department of the Pacific will exercise general superintendence over the recruitment, and