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IN IRRIGATION LAND.
A kttrr from \V X Wlltle, written
from Imperial, dated October 19.
IWN, and ftddrriwed to the Nordhoff
OJaS.;U publinhMi by that paper and
rr-nrtb n* follow*:
Cdftor of the t)Jal: Hairing taken
MtDC InterrM In the project that l»
no* under *ay. but which has not
been. extensively advertised. r*prolally
In Ventura county, until rrcrntly. I
dccJdrd a few d*yi» ago to take a trip
down hrrt* and raakr a thorough In
vestigation. Accordingly. I took the
train for lxw Angeles, where 1 went
to toe office of the Oakley- !*au)ln Com
paxxy v and got all the Information 1
neodod in regard to the train to take.
and'U'f way to get there.
1 l*ft Uxi Angeles at 2 p.m. on the
Southern " Pacific overland toward
Yum.v llavio£ passed IVmona. On
tario. Col tod; '.-we we *ped up through
the pas*, and down to the now much
talked-of town of Indlo. where we ar
rived In time for supper, which cost
racy as it doe* all passrngrr* to the
Imperial country, SO cent*. Instead of
75 cfaU, the regular price. Here they
are developing a little spot, the rich
ness of «h!ch is hardly surpassed, and
the extent of which will only be limit
eu by their water supply.
Leaving Indlo, we ran down luto
Salton Sink, orer 200 feet below sea
level, and then went up and out to
Flowing Wells, where we were to stop
and In the morning take the stage for
the lit:!* town of Imperial.
Oa. the way down I became very
much Interested in a man who occu
pied the seat with me. and who. it
proved, had spent some time here a
year ago. and was now on his way
back to improve the property he had
obtained at taat time. Ho was from
Kansas, where he had held large in
terests, and was in the stock business.
He said he. had become Interested in
this project about five years ago. and
he had so much faith In it that he had
disposed of his holdings in the East
and had come here with his family.
White be was going down by train his
two sons were driving their teams
overland to settle on a larfje tract of
land the family had taken up under
the desert land act. I wondered all
the way down if people were really be
coming interested in the project to the
extent that was reponed. for up In
Venture" county we had heard very
little about It, but as I sat in the
car I observed several well-dressed,
fine-looking gentlemen with tickets In
their hats punched with four holes the
s&xoe &s mine, and I realized that I
was the only passenger bound for
Plowing Wells. When the train
stopped and we pot off. there were
thirteen of us bound for the Imperial
country, and I found that they were
prepared to take care of us. for In the
morning they brought around three
rips In which to take us down.
When we took the stage and had
fairly started, the driver said: "Boys,
I believe we wilj make time by walk
ing." The rig was In sand up to the
hub. and the team could hardly pull
It W e alighted, some of us rather re
luctantly. for as far «s we could see
the sand was knee-deep, and It was
twenty-eight miles; but the driver as
sured us that we would make time,
and as be was a jolly good fallow and
would wajk som* blm&elf. we tack
We had walked about three miles
when the driver said: "Wo are out
of the Band, and we can ride now."
and sure enough, the sandy d^iwrt that
the train parses through all the way
from Salton to Yuma had b*en left In
a distance of three mll<pu from the
track, and we rode out on to a plain
the like of which I have never seen,
although I have bf-en from Winnipeg
to New Orleans, and from York State
to the Pacific. It became more won
derful as we tried to think of that vast
tract of land. 40x40 rniW-h. as rich as
mud. as smooth as a floor, and with a
grade of about four feet to the mile
under Irrigation: but when wp got
down to where the crops wer* growing
under the greasewater ditrh. I *oon
saw that the possibilities were b-yond
what I bad any conception of. and
Just to think that the vast tract of
land is in this favored clime, and can
be obtained for from 112.25 to $15 per
acre, with an annual allowance of
four feet of water.
I have met many men since I have
b^en here, for tbev ore coming In from
all over—except Ventura county — ond
I have yet to bar anything but
praises. The- Jmperial proposition
gftemi to have been well advertised In
thear lower, eonntleni and men and
money art* coming In on every iUtgp.
To clone. I wl»h to state that, after
reading the companlc*' pamphlets and
then making the investigation. I am
certain their Mntrnient* are true.
W X Wll^lK
Theie In no qurMlon but that b)
dr<xi cunvr>infc land and town iotn.
the liquor traffic can bo absolutely
controlled. This question has bcru
definitely ■ . k:« .1 by the courts of tht*
The Imperial lu»nd Company, which
\* the proprietor of the town! which
art* wing founded In the Imperial
Settlements, ha* »l»cl) concluded to
restrict the liquor traffic In tholr new
towns by putting ti retraining clause
In the deed* to town property.
We feel an tnough we were but do
Ing Jiutlctr to our reader* and the
temperance cause tn ialllng uttentton
to this fact In connection with the ad
vcrtlscmcnt« of the Imperial 1-itul
Company In lllli lnj»ue. In which town
lots are offered fur »ale In the towns
of Imperial. Pariuga and Oalexlco.
Remember, If you purchase a lot
there, no one can ever open a saloon
on that lot. — .<o* Angeles Searchlight.
A dispatch from lam Angeles to the
Kiverside Enterprise says:
•\V. It. Vandcrpool Is in the city
today. He l» one of the forerunners
of the Imperial district. Mr. Vander
\x>o\ has a number of claims In the
above-nameti district. He reports
that Supervisor Swallow of San Diego
l» at the head of a company which is
drilling for oil fifteen miles west of
Illue I-ike. The outcrop gives prom
ise of petroleum, and machinery is on
the pround for a hole 3500 feet deep.
Mr. Vanderpool states that 100.000
am 1 * of land has been claimed in that
"Mr. Vanderpool is the secretary of
the Johannesburg Gold Mining Com
pany, which has turned out more
than 12.000.000 in dividends for stock
An . . .
To . . .
Will be run from
LOS ANGELES via the
DECEMBER 19th. 1901
Making 6tay in the
CITY OF MXX I CO
ROUND TRIP RATE 570.00
Ooodfor SUty !>•>•
In \>r>--*:tiUnx thi- op]«ortunity to the
public to visit this quaint city of the Az-
tec a very low rate haw been made, and
tho— who can should take ad vantage of it.
Trie train will be made up of firM-clau
Tullman Sleeping Cars with Dining Car
service through to the City If deeired,
and enough can do ho to in«ure the ex-
penj-«, the Sleeperi can be u»ed during
th<- -lay in the city.
We would request that you inform the
nearest Southern Pacific Agent, if you
deeire to take advantage of this Kxour-
eion, *o that accommodation* may b"
reserved for you.
Corresponding I»w RaUt from all
points on the line of the Southern Pacific
It. K. will be made.
All Side Trips while in Mexico are op-
tional and can be taken at nominal ex-
Hemember it is personally conducted
by a competent Excursion Manager who
knows the customs and language of the
people. He will be with you on all side
trip* and take care of all detail.
Make your Reservations at Once
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to All Part* of the World.
Special Safety Deposit Department and Storage Vaults.
Every Land Owner in Imperial Settlements
Should TaKe the PRESS.