At Least a Cot Provided
The Deming chamber of commerce has grappled successfully with the housing problem and there is now a cot, at least, for everybody who comes. In the role of gracious host that Deming has taken upon itself the threatened street sleeping danger has been averted, even though many of Deming’s fine homes have been turned into sleeping quarters. The price that these visitors have offered for quarters has put rooming house signs on a score of buildings that were never intended for the purpose. The chamber of commerce has taken steps to keep down the prices of rooms, as well as other necessaries, in conformity with its guarantee to the war department. An appeal to civic pride has sufficed to prevent exorbitant prices for necessities until the building operations can restore normal conditions.
Chinese Open Restaurants
Many of the boom time restaurants that have sprung up are being conducted by Chinamen who are being content with a big business at the usual prices. These, as well as the tradesmen who have been established here before the rush came, see the permanent good to be derived from moderation of prices and the slump and danger that may result from a panic of money making.
Money Talkes Out Loud.
And yest, goodness knows, they could have doubled and triple prices if they demanded them. Money talks here, if it ever did anywhere. A busy contractor can afford to offer a good sized banknote to a man at the head of the line at the post office, to whom that hour or so delay for mail might not be so vital. Every business establishment in the town has tripled its force of clerks and yet cash for instant service is always to be had. Many a wise one who has found a room with a bed in it by dint of a day’s tramping up and down the streets has been able to realize a tidy sum by turning it over to somebody whose time chanced to be too valuable for the hunt. All these pressing problems are being taken in hand by the chamber of commerce, which is now forming a city housing commission.
Jitnes Are Regulated
Jitne traffic, which threatened to leap over all bounds, was quickly regulated by a special committee of the city council, composed of mayor M. A. Nordhaus, city clerk Arthur A. Temke and alderman Hamilton. The maximum charge for a trip within the city limits is now held strictly to 25 cents by service cars, including the Camp Cody trip. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, August 23, 1917