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title: 'The herald [microform]. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, December 06, 1893, Page 7, Image 7',
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FIGHTING FOR A BIG RIVER.
The Waters of the Colordo Sub-
ject to Discussion.
Mexicans Decline to Allow the Stream
to Be Diverted.
California Takes a Hand—Attorney-Gf
eral Hart Prepares a Statemant
That Will Bring; the Own
ership to a Close.
San Francieco Examiner: Tbe attor
ney-general of California is at present
engaged in tbe preparation of tbe papers
in what promisee to be one of tbe most
important international all aim presented
for settlement since the Mexican war.
Tbe ownership of tbe waters of the Col
orado river, now of immense value by
reason of various projected irrigation
schemes, ia directly at issue, and the
amount of money involved cannot be
"What we desire to settle onc9 and
forever," said Attorney-General Hart
last evening, "is the correct boundary
line between California and Arizona,
which we are certain is wrong at prea
ent, and the queation whether the im
mense Colorado canal Bhall be built
through Mexican territory while owned
by Americans. Tbe Colorado River Irri
gation company, • corporation of Denver
capitalists, has projected a canal to irri
gate 1,200,000 acres of land lying in the
OPPOSITION FROM MEXICO.
They propose to take tbeir water
from the Colorado river, nine miles
above Yuma. The canal then paeeee off
to the southwest, and to avoid a range
of sandhills coming out from the San
Bernardino range, must be carried
down across the Mexican line and then
back into California at a point south of
Indian Wells. Everything was proceed
ing smoothly until unexpected opposi
tion arose coming from the Mexican
owners of the immense plains to the
southwest of Yuma, in Lower Califor
nia. These landholders have insisted
tbat the irrigation company on reaching
Mexican territory with their canal shall
first guarantee them that all the land in
Lower California west of tbe Colorado
and southwest of Yuma, directly under
the canal, shall firat be iurniahed with
water before tbey shall have the right
of way through Mexican lands.
"This, of couree, means that there
will be little water left for the district
between Indio in California and the in
ternational line. If the claim is upheld
by the two governments the California
.desert cannot be irrigated. The fight
will be for the waters of the Colorado.
"To understand just what the conten
tion is it ia well to state the line oi the
Jiroposed canal. It commences in Cali
ornia, as I have already said, nine miles
above Yuma and runs 15 miles through
the Yuma Indian reservation to £1 Rio
!ust inside the line. At this point tbe
anal falls 23 feet, which is to be used
(or water power.
IN A BAD FIX.
"Then the canal is carried into Lower
JJalifornia, Mexican territory, there
tanning southwest 16 miles. While the
canal is within 10 fee' i the capacity of
thelaigest canal In toe. world, that of
It.dia it cannot carry enough water to
irrigate botb the Mexican and California
line. Tbe canal company is in a bad
fix all round, because contracts have
been made with the Soutbern Pac.fic
and Texas Pacific railroads to give the
first water rights this side of tbe linn.
The complications bave become co seri
ous that the Mexican claimants have
undertaken to induce the Mexican gov
ernment to prevent the canal company
taking the water into California. This
is what has made it an international
"A careful examination of the surveys
has shown something entirely unex
pected and that iB that the whole of tbe
Colorado river from the mouth of the
Gila to the international line ie within
the state of California. Tbis brings
Yuma, now considered in Arizona, and
tbe Colorado river as far as it is defined
by its banks within this state. Below
the international line tbe claim is made
that the river is not confined within its
hanks, but spreads out in every direc
tion according to the stage of the water,
and for that reason the Mexicans can
have no riprarian rigbtß.
THE CLAIM OF ARIZONA*
"At present the situation ie compli
cated by the claim that the river, from
the Gila to a point northwest of Yuma
is in Arizona, and therefore California
has no rights. To settle that question I
shall in all probability ask the governor
to eanction a unit to be brought in the
United States supreme court to fix tbe
lines. The papers lam now engaged on
will bring before the secretary of etate
and the Mexican minieter at Washing
ton tbe international queation as to.the
right of United States citizena to carry
the water through Mexican territory
and deliver it back into California with
out distributing the portion claimed by
the Mexicans. It is of immense im
portance and involvee great interests."
'' When will the papers be forwarded ?"
"In a few days."
"Are the people of Yuma desirous of
being taken inte California?" waß
"I believe the foeling is strongly in
favor of euch action. The location of
the town was officially called to my at
tention by the following letter:
THEY WANT TO COMB IN.
" 'Yuma, A. T., Oct. 28, 1893.
" Attorney-General Hart, San Francisco, Cal.:
" 'Dear Sir: luave been requested
by several taxpayers here to write yon
regarding the title of California to a
strip of land ou this aide of the Colo
rado river which includes about two
thirds of the town of Yuma, and over
which Arizona now exercises jurisdic
tion. Up to a few years ago this strip
paid taxes in California, but owing to
the distance from San Diego the officials
there allowed their interests here to
lapse. I bave looked tbis matter up
and am satisfied that Arizona has no
jurisdiction at all over this strip.' The
residents are very anxious that Califor
nia abal! exercise the right to jurisdic
tion here, hence I call your attention to
tbe matter and ask what Bteps are neces
sary to have our rights aa citizena and
taxpayers oi California recognized.
Very respectfully yours.
'W. O. Husan.'
"Tbe property involved in the contest
now about to begin is at present almost
valueless. With water once placed on
it its value will be from $10,000,000 to
$20,000,000. The Colorado River Irri
gation company, of which O. H. Dow
anc 1\ B. Erase, the Denver bankers,
LOS ANGELES HERALD- WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER <?. 1&)3.
are at tbe head, has agreed in cohsider
ation of every odd railroad section of
land to irrigate the entire Salton river
valley, from the station of Indio on the
Southern Pacific railroad down to the
boundary. The estimated length of the
canal is 400 miles and the total cost of
construction is estimated at $5,000,000.
A Large Party Arrive* from the East
The following named, forming a Phil
lips excursion party, arrived from the
E. Crawford, Newton, la.; O. C. Jar
man, R. C. Williame, Omaha; Mr. and
Mra. B. F. Johnston, A. C. Burton, J. 8.
Anrlon, Atlantic City, la.; W. E. Shot
well, A. M. Shotwell, N. B. Glasgow,
Misß N. Stifflar, Dcs Moines, la., A.
Hood, M. L. Hood, E. B. Hood, Minne
apolis, Minn.; Miss M. E. Rollins, Miss
L. E. Rollinß, M. J. Rollins, Geo. W.
Buhack, Mary Buback. S. A. Buback,
Mies Alice Rollins, Hiawatha, Kan.;
Frank Miller. Rolfe, la.; Mrs. M. Red
ker, Kansas City ; Mr. and Mr. George
Wagner, Miss Laura L. Powers, Mrs. J.
M. Haley, Mrs. H. Aid berg, Miss A.
Holeman, L. M. Carleens, Julius Schroff,
Chicago; R. Dillman, J. R. Dillman,
Mankato, Kan.; P. G. Love, Detroit;
A. P. Jackson, Columbus, O.; A. Shed
rick, George Browning, John Sbedrick,
W. J, Dickinson, L. B. Wagoner, B.
Perrctt, Mias M. Jackson, Cameron, Mo.;
L. Evans, Joliet, 111.; B. Somers. L. V.
Walteis, Chicago; Jobu Wright, Evans
ton, 111.; L. Smith, Waukegan, 111., F.
Emerson, S. M. Trickle, Lt. Louis.
SHE SAVED THE CHICKENS.
Au East Loa Angelea Girl Shows Uemark-
East Side News: One night last week
a young lady living across tbo arroyo
was awakened by the sound of some one
trying to steal their chickens.
The young lady happened to be alone
in the house that night, ber parents
having been away visiting; but she got
up and dressed, took her brother's rifle
from the corner, opened the door, went
out and demanded to know who was
there. Upon getting no reply she lev
eled tbe rifle in the direction of tbe
noise and fired, whereupon she saw two
men run fioin the coop at break-neck
The young lady fires, a couple more
shots at tbe retreating forms, after which
she went in the house and got the lan
tern and proceeded to the chicken
coop, where she found a number of lath
torn off, and near by a sack with two
chickens in it, one having its head off.
Mies < i—— got a hammer and mended
the coop, after which ahe returned to
bed to dream over the past night's ex
perience. How many East Los Angelea
young ladies would have had that much
"The Noble|Art of S«ir Defense."
Set Kokth by an Authority—Self defense Is
instinctive. Persons who find themselves af
flicted with heart disease as manifested by Ita
many symptoms, palpitation, short breath, ir
regular pulse, pain in .tile or shoulder, smother
ing, tainting or dropsy, etc., naturally desire a
defense against what may terminate fatally.
For tills express purpose no remedy has ever
approaeheu Dr. Milea' New Heart Cure, sold by
0. 11. Hance, 177 N. Spring, on a guarante*.
Mrs. O. F. Perkins ol Northwood, la., says,
Dr. Miles' New.Heart Cure saved her lite. She
luffered from palpitation and heart would fre
quently beat aa high as 125 a minute Was
not expected to live Was a mere skeleton, no
relief from iiyelclans New Heart Cure cured
LAND OF THE YUMAS.
THE RESERVATION WILL SOON
A Deal by Which One Lend and Canal
Company Will Be Able to
Makr a Large Barn
Correspondence Ban Francisco Chronicle.
Yuma, A. T., Nov. 29.—The Yuma In
dian reservation ia to be cut up and di
vided among the Indians. The commis
sioners to make tbe treaty, appointed by
the government, are on the ground and
at work. The citizena of Yuma were a
little puzzled when the announcement
was made that tbe commission bad been
appointed upon a petition of tbe In
dians, in which it waa also aeked that
the remainder of their lands be disposed
of and the proceeds used for furnishing
them water for irrigation. Few citizens
knew that any euch petition had evor
been circulated, and, moreover, it was
stipulated in the act of congreee grant
ing the right of way through the reser
vation to the Honor* Land and Canal
company that the canal company should
furnish the Indians all the water neces
sary for irrigation and domestic pur
poses free of charge. It turns out that
n petition was secretly circulated by an
agent of the canal company, and tbat he
succeeded in getting 100 signatures
among the 1160 Indians. Upon this
showing tbe act of congress was passed,
appointing the commission and appro
priating $15,000 with which to defray its
The Yuma reservation contains about
45,000 acres of land, extending along,
the Colorado river from the Pot lloleu to
the Mexican boundary line, barring out
tbe ranches of Hall Hanlon and El Rio,
which occupy the river front from the
boundary line of Mexico up the stream
for three miles. Giving to each of the
1160 Indiani 10 acres, there would be
about 34,000 acres remaining to be sold,
which, at $50 an acre, a low price once
the laud is supplied with water for irri
gation, would yield $1,670,000. This
Bum, ii devoted to the betterment of the
Indians individually, as tbey wi<ah,
would give about $1440 to each one, or
enough to place them in easy circum
stances for farming.
But evidently this is not the desire or
purpose of the canal company. The
34,000 acres at from $50 to $100 an acre
would give them a basis upon which
they could probably raise the. money
money with which to go ou with the
work on the canal, the surveys for which
were suspended in June last for want of
As far aa can be ascertained, the In
dians do not feel any too pleasant over
the fact that after the canal company
has been given tbe right of way across
the tbeir reservation tbey must again
pay the canal for its building. Neither
do they Bee through tha intricacies of
tbe white man's diplomacy.
The Sonora Land and Canal company
waß organized to build a canal, on the
east side of the river from just below
Castle Dome landing down to the So
nora line in Mexico, where the company
has a claim of two tracts of land, com
prising about 1,500,000 acres, much of
whicb, with wat r for irrigation, conld
be utilized for fro t and nut culture.
For Borne reason, when the engineers
were ready to otart into the Held, v
change wae made and the work of
canal-building was transferred to tbe
west Bide of the Colorado. Lines were
run from the Pot Holes and from Eureka
canon down the Colorado to tbe Mexican
line, thence across Mexican territory for
30 miles or more, thence across tbe
boundary line to American soil and
on down to the Salton sea. Right of
way bas thus far been secured only
through the Indian reservation down to
El Rio, a distance of some 23 miles.
It will be a fine thing for the canal
company if it succeeds in getting these
lands, from which it would derive a rev
enue of not less than $3,250,000. leaving
$90,000 for cutting up and dividing tbe
trac|t Tbe citizens of Yuma do not ob
ject to this, provided the United Statea
government will go a little further and
treat other and just aB deserving canal
or irrigation projects in Yuma in the
game way. There are two other com
panies that have spent as much or more
money than tbe Sonora company, which
a few months ago aeanmed the name of
another irrigation project whose opera
tions are on the east side of the Colora
do, and which is known as tbe Colorado
River Irrigation company.
If the Sonora Canal company should
fail to get theae Indiau lands it will
bave to Build its great canal 25 miles on
American soil and 3o miles or more on
Mexican territory before it has a foot of
land of its own to sell or irrigate. Last
year in started in with a great show,
spent money lavishly and rushed the
surveys. When the work was sus
pended in June the public was in
formed that aB soon as the heated
term was over, about October Ist. 1000
men wouhl be at work and on Novem
ber let 2000 men. Thus far not a man
or beast appears on the Yuma pay-roll
of the company.
What may come out of the commis
sioners' work is only conjecture, but the
Yuma people feel thai if one canal pro
ject is to be festered by the general gov
ernment all snch irrigation projects
should be assisted in the same way;
that the government should not fight
one and then turn around and help an
other no more deserving.
D. K. Altjcn.
After a very exciting game the Olym
pics downed the Boyle Heights Stars
last Sunday by the close score of 5 to 4.
The Stars shut the Olympics out for the
first three innings. Then several wild
throws allowed the Olympics to tie the
scere. Both Hart and Kuta pitched
great ball. The following are the play
ers and positions:
Stars. Position. Olympics.
Chapman catcher Kariy
Kutz pitcher Han
BUnd Ist ham Cleveland
More 2d b(i-u Allen
Cummings 3d base Lougoee.d
Francts short stop eolith
F. Chapman. .left Hold Van Home
Thomas center Held Cooper
Wickershiin right field Jones
World's Fair Colombian Edition Illus
This beautiful publication, printed on
tho finest book paper, iB now on sale by
all the newsdealers and at tbe Herald
business office. It contains 48 pages of
information about Southern California
and over 50 illustration. Aa a publica
tion to eend to eastern friends it has
never been equalled. Price, 15 cents in
Fire Insurance Rates Kedneed.
Independent ot tho "compact," Bee Basker
vllie, 218 North Mam (Lanlrauco bulldinir. and
BOUND TO HAVE THE GIRL
A REJECTED LOVER HOLDS UP A
STAGE AND KIDNAPED HER.
Marine Deeds of .lose Valdez, a Mexi
can) Assisted by Three Friends.
The Girl of Ameri
San Diego Union: A romantic case
of kidnapping occurred tbe other day
in the country back of Mazatlan, ac
cording to the Correo de la Tarde, of
that city. Tbe stage between Roßario
and Mazatlan, which left the former
place on November 14th, stopped at 1 a.
m. the next day at Aguacaliente, where
another passenger, a young and pretty
girl waß taken on. Sbe was Carlota
Newman, daughter of a poor blind
woman living at Mazatlan. There were
two other passengers, a man and a
Tbe stage left Aguacaliente at 2 a. m.,
and had gone only a couple of leagues,
when the driver suddenly reined up at a
call from the roadside, where four men
on horseback sat coolly pointing revol
vers at hia head. There was no demand
for coin, and from tbe quiet manners of
tbe highwaymen the driver could draw
no idea of the nature of their demands.
While one man heid a gun on the dri
ver and another attended to tbe horses,
the other two dismounted and stepped
to the end of tbe coach and courteously
requested the young lady to come out.
The frightened girl recognized the lar
ger man. a magnificent looking fellow,
as Jose Valdez, her rejected lover, and
divining the plot she begged tbe passen
gers to save ber. Valdez warned them
to do nothing, and as they had no fire
arms they dared not protest against the
actions of the bold robbers.
After urging Miss Newman to come
out without avail, Valdez and his
companion laid hold of her and car
ried ber to the horses, placing her
upon one and tying her to the saddle.
The girl's shrieks and tears had no
effect, either in hurrying the men or
arousing their anger. When they were
again mounted and ready to leave Val
dez turned to the driver and said,
calmly: "Andy, amigo; y dispenseme
la moleptia." Go, friend, and ercuße
me for molesting you." The driver lost
no time in accepting the instructions,
and the agitated passengers inside did
not breathe easily until they saw the
party, with the girl in the center, gal
lop over the hill.
Tbe driver and passengers reported
the matter on arriving at Mazatlan, and
gave the names of Librado and Ber
nardino Valdez and Bufino Zatarain as
the accomplices of Jose Valdez, the first
two being his coneinß. Valdez ib a dare
devil and spendthrift, and though oi a
good family, bears a very bad reputa
tion. He was rejected by Miss Newman,
who is a highly respected girl of Amer
ican birth, and he had evidently planned
beforehand to kidnap her. The prefect
of the district of Concordia, in which
Asuaoaliente is situation, has charge oi
the party of ruarles searching for Val
dez, and strong efforts are being made
to capture the villau. His hiding place
iB unknown. The news of herdaugliter'a
capture prostrated the mother in Mazat
After anight with the beys
Yours fbr a olear head—Bromo-3eltJ3r.
Use Gebman Family Boap.
A BRIDE OF CHRIST
An Impressive Religions Cere it.
the Mercy Home
Yesterday morning at 8 o'cloc .
tbe Mercy Home in this city, on .
Third street, Miss Annie Moßriuri
known in religion as Sister Mary Joa
chim, after a novitiate of two years and a.'
half, presented herself before the altar
to make profession of tbe sacred vows
of poverty, chastity and obedience,
which are forever to bind her entirely
and alone to a religions life.
The little chapel in which the cere
mony took place presented a very pretty
appearance, the altar being tastefully
decorated with the choicest roses, while
the rays of sunlight that streamed
through the windows mingling with
those of the lighted candles, seemed to
add still greater solemnity to the occa
The ceremony was condncted by the
Very Rev. Father Adam, as
sisted by Father Coti, and
after solemn words of warn
ing as to the life she was entering upon,
tbe very reverend father dwelt for some
time on the parable of tbe ten virgins,
five of whom were foolish ( and five were
wise, exhorting her to follow in tbe way
of the wise virgins.
During the celebration of the mass,
and before receiving holy communion,
the sister, with lighted candle in hand,
consecrated herself for all time to tbe
aervice oi the Divine Lord and Redeem
er. After receiving holy communion she
prostrated herself on the ground, as is
usual on all such occasions, whilst the
choir sang an appropriate hymn and the
celebrant sprinkled the prostrate form
with holy water. At the close of the
hymn, assisted by the mother assistant,
the sister arose, again kneeling to re
ceive the final benediction from tbe rev
erend father, bowing reverently before
the altar. She then took her place in
the chapel and remained kneeling until
the close of the ceremony.
There were auite a number of tbe
young lady's friends present, among
them being her sister, Miss Susie Me-
Brinn, acoiiipanied by her friend, Miss
Reid, of Cambridge, Mass., they havins;
arrived in Los Angeles a few days ago in
order to witness the profession of Sister
ROMUALDO PACHECO HERE.
The Noted Bi-Ootsraor Visiting; In the
Hon Rninualdo Pacheco, the well
known Oalifornian who haa held many
public otficee, arrived in the city Mon
day evening- He ie the gueet of 001.
R. S. Baker.
The honorable gentleman is one of
California's old governurs, ex-lieutenant
governor, state treasurer, a two-term
i i j.; "jau from tbe old fourth dis
trict and later was appointed by the
Harrison administration ac minister to
The governor is as genial as ever, and
although be has been iv tbe city but M
day he has met many of his old tins*
The governor will prolong bis visit
here several days.
For Over Fifty Tears
Mas. Wihslow's Soothing Bybuf has been used
for children ticiliing. Ii soothes ih» child'
softens the gums, ailays all palu. cures wind
colic, and is the bfest remedy lor diarrnoM.
Twenty -live cents a bottle.
Rheumatism positively cured by Prentiss"
Reciiiyin.; fills. Try them, „c, druggist*.