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THE MANIA FOR LAND
Small Farms Well Tilled Better Than
The press lias given a great deal of
space of late to the land fraud cases.
There seems to be a mania, on the part
of some, to acquire title lo a greater
portion of the earth. It is a trait or
mania which has been growing upon
Americans for some time.
Take the average farmer, for instance.
He starts out with a hundred or two
hundred acres, and with the help of a
hired man or two, manages to slightly
cultivate about 10 acres, mows 20, grazes
30, and lets the rest grow to cactus and
cockleburrs and other foul stuff.
Then he makes the discovery that
there is land adjoining his on the north.
Immediately he becomes impressed
with the idea that he needs that adjoin
ing 100 acres to make his farm complete.
He bickers and dickers with the owner
till he succeeds in striking a bargain,
and then he puts a mortgage upon his
oi iginal plat and adds the new territory
to his possessions.
He cannot afford another hired man —
lie is almost inclined to let the one he
has go, for there is the interest on the
mortgage to provide for — but by wTork
ing a little later at night and getting up
a little earlier in the morning, he man
ages to increase the area of cultivation
to 15 acres, the meadow to 25 and the
pasture to 40 aid lets an additional 80
acres grow to weeds.
One day he wanders off down by the
south line of his farm and, lo ! there is
land there which he does not own. He
is again attacked with the fever of ac
quisitiveness and in time there is an
other mortgage and the line fence is
moved south a few rods.
Then he explores the east and west
lines with like results and later finds
there is still more land beyond his new
borders till finally the mortgages eat
him, his farm and family up and there
is a sheriff's sale and change of owner
It is much the same way with the
town resident who owns his little cot
tage. First it is a few feet more land to
make the lot more roomy, then it is the
house next door which is so much nicer
than the cottage. Then there must be
a larger house and when that is com
pleted there is a dwelling on the other
siilo which obstructs the view and the
lot is purchased and the house moved
off. Thus it goes, always reaching out
for th.it which lies beyond.
What a pity the modern land-grab
bers could not look upon matters from
the standpoint of Denatus, the Roman
consul who defeated Pyrrhus who, when
Given Away X=Mas Eve
One fine Columbia Phonograph with $20 worth of records.
With every $5.00 worth of Merchandise purchased at the PALM STORE between
now and Christmas eve, a ticket will be given which will entitle the holder to one
chance in a grand drawing for the above prize.
Notice is hereby given that I will sell at Public Auction on
Saturday, November 28th, 1903, at 9a. m.,
at my store in Imperial, California
All my stock of goods, consisting of Drugs, Millinery, Dry Goods,
Notions and Hardware.
Terms of sale; CASH.
MRS. M. B. DAVIS nee ST. CLARE BRIQGS, Owner.
T. P. BANTA, Auctioneer.
offered a tract of land by the grateful
senate, replied that he already had
seven acres and that was enough for
Imagine an American citizen turning
down such an offer ! To let sli|t the op
portunity to pay taxes on a lot of real
estate would drive him to the grave or a
If the amount of land under taxation
which is idle and of no benefit to the
owners were annihilated there would be
so many holes in the Western Continent
that one would not dare go out after
dark for fear of falling off the earth.
What we need is less land and more
improvement. Concentration of thought,
energy and attention will do more for
the country and more for the individual
than this greedily reaching out to ob
tain possession of all in sight.
It is this mania of acquisitiveness
which leads individuals to overstep the
bounds of the law and the recent land
frauds are the fruits of this greed-insan
We have societies for nearly every
thing, why not start a Denatun Society
and make elegibility to membership de
pen pent upon ownership of seven acres
or less of land? — San Diego Union.
Imperial Water Company No. 7. Loca-
tion of principal place of business, 224
Stowell Block, Los Angeles, Califor-
Notice is hereby given that at a meet-
ing of the Directors of Imperial Water
Company No. 7, held on the 3rd day of
November, 1903, an assessment of Sixty-
five (65) cents per share was levied upon
the Capital stock of the corporation,
payable immediately to P. H. McPher-
rin, Secretary of this Company, at the
office of this Company, Room 224 Stow-
ell Block,: Los Angeles, California.
Any stock upon which this assessment
shall remain unpaid on the 7th day of
December, 1903, will be delinquent and
advertised for sale at public auction,
and unless payment is made before that
date will be sold on the 30th day of De-
cember, 1903, at ten o'clock a. m. to pay
the delinquent assessment together
with costs of advertising and expenses
P. H. McPherrin,
Secretary Imperial Water Company
No. 7, 224 Stowell Block, Los Angeles,
DESERT LAND, FINAL PROOF— NOTICE FOR
United Slates Land Office, Los Angeles, Cal.,
October 19th, 1903.
Notice is hereby given that J. STEVEN
SCHIRM, of San Diego, San Diego county,
California, has filed notice of intention to
make proof on his desert land claim No. 1604,
for the N^ of NW% Sec. 20, Twp. 16 S, R 14 E,
S. B. M. before the U. S. Commissioner at
San Dieg-o, Cal., on Wednesday, the 2nd day of
He names the following witnesses to prove
the complete irrigation and reclamation of said
Edward S. Lyori of San Diego, Cal., Marco
j Brucshi of San Diego, Cal., William Darby of
San Diego, Cal., Horace Bradt of San Diego,
31 A. J. CROOKSHANK,Register.
The Busy Store
We Have Just Received a Large
Shipment of Dry Goods, No-
tions and Shoes, and we Are
As busy as Bees
marking- them and storing- them away, and
they are now on sale.
We are proceeding as rapidly as possi-
ble to carry out our promise of giving you
a large stock of general merchandise to
select your many wants.
We call your especial attention to the
beautiful lines of Ostend Skirting, Covert
Skirting, Galateas, Mayflower Cheviots,
Elzevir Cloth, Pacific Flaanelaine, M. F. C,
Waistings, Olympia Twills, Clairmont Per-
cales, Oriental Drapery, Wee-Burn Cheviot
and Paisley Madras.
The prices we are putting on these
goods are less than you have ever paid for
them. We will see to it that the people of
Imperial Valle) r will not have to pay desert
paces for goods. We are large buyers,
and consequently close buyers, and we will
give the people of this valley the advantage
of our bargain purchases.
The "Boss Washing Machine" is ex-
clusively ours, and the best on the market.
Look at it.
We are respectfully,
STEVENSON BROS. CO.