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Arizona Champion Newspaper July 17, 1886 - Tinker, George, editor - 1886. 
Flagstaff, Arizona. Very Good. 1886. Newspaper. A scarce early issue of the Arizona Champion from July 17, 1886. Chips with some paper loss and repairs on margins. Leaves are separated, with some penciled notes on top margin. This issue has four full columns of paid notices by the Aztec Land and Cattle Company regarding its claims to some of its 2,000,000 acres in northern Arizona. The Aztec company, better known as the Hashknife Outfit, became notorious for the crimes of its cowboys. In another place 28 railroad cars of Aztec cattle bound for Arizona are mentioned. There are two columns of illustrated brands from the Mogollon Live Stock Protective Association, including the Aztec's brand, in an early $500 reward notice from the association. Articles include shootings, rustling, General Miles reporting "that the hostile Apaches are returning from Mexico to Arizona" a few months before Geronimo's official surrender, and the need for a good hotel in Flagstaff. The Arizona Champion was published in Flagstaff from 1884-1891, when it became the Coconino Sun. The paper recorded much on northern Arizona's early ranching industry and development. ; 23 1/2" x 17 1/4"; 4 pp .
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