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IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS
rUBUSH ED SATURDAYS. FLCGHTRO. CAL.
f. C. HAVENS,
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EVIDENCE OF PROSPERITY
Beginning with this Issue we resume
ths publication of our paper in Its five
column eight-page form. When we
moved to El Centro we expected to
only publish a six column folio for
some time to come. This however,
soon proved too small for us. The
generous recognition of the value of
the Press as an advertising medium,
compelled an enlargement of the sheet,
so last week we published six pages,
ilx columns. The six page form, how
ever, is unsati factory to our readers
and more expensive to us, so we this
week resume the issue of the Press
as a five column, quarto. A glance at
our columns will illustrate our point.
In this Issue we are carrying about 350
column inches of advertising. Our pa
per contains 720 column Inches of
_. space. Of this, less than 700 Inches
Is available, the rest being taken up in
head, date lines, etc. It Is always the
rule to give as much space to news
matter as Is taken by advertisers. So
it is clear, our patronage calls for an
eight page paper, and we congratulate
both our readers and advertisers on the
fact. The more our patrons advertise,
the better paper we can furnish our
readers. The better paper we publish
the more subscribers we will get, and
the more valuable our paper will be as
an advertising medium. So it is an
-*nut<srxßainVai>d-^he -advertisers are
an indispensable link. So here Is long
-life-arid prosperity to our advertisers,
arid may their tribe increase.
THE WATER SITUATION
The sudden raise In the Colorado
river noted in last weeks issue, began to
arrive in the New river and Alimo, last
Sunday. At Calexico the water rose
rapidly until on Thursday It reached a
height several Inches above any pre
vious gauge. It drowned out the Cal
exico water works, greatly to the In
convenience of the people of that town,
and would have flooded the town Itself
but for a hastily constructed levee
along the railroad track. All the low
lands south of the main canal in
Water Co. No. 1 was covered and the
canal Itself for about three miles from
the head of the Dogwood lateral, west,
to the big bend, was in danger for three
or four days. Superintendent Farns
worth gathered his clans, and by most
heroic efforts kept the bank built up
above the rising waters till the tide was
stemmed and the waters began to fall.
It was a very close call all around. The
water reached Its highest on Thursday
and all most at once began to fall. It
has gene down about three Inches a.
last report, and the canal banks are
believed to be safe. Had the canal
given way, the very heart of Imperial
Water Co. No. 1 would have been
flooded and a great deal of damage
done. Plans are now already to begin
the work of putting up a powerful levee
to protect the canal, and this will be
done just as soon as possible. Then
there will be no danger of damage from
the Colorado's floods, no matter when
they come. On the Alamo the raise
put a stop to the work that was being
done at Sharp's Heading. The water
got under the new splllwiy that was
being put In and washed It out. It was
ca/rled down the stream several hun
dred feet, before; It was caught and
ratade secure to trees on th« bank, with
iij^3nd cables. This section of the
J^^M^fA The damage
t« _ Sfi^li32Bted at
$1500. Concerning the conditions at
the Mexican Intake and what happened
there when the flood was raging, we
quote the following from the Yuma
Sun of March 22nd:
••George Sexsmlth came up from
Imperial Heading yesterday and will
remain here a month or six weeks in
charge of the work of shipping material
down the river and the construction of
tho great dredge that Is to be built here
for use on the canal.
Speaking of the late high water Mr.
Sexsmith says the works at the head-
Ing suffered no damage "but it made
us sweat blood for about six hours" to
keep the water from breaking through
the embankment Into the excavation
where the head gate Is to be built.
The water level In the river was fifteen
feet higher than In the excavation and
had It raised a foot or two higher It
would have been all up with the head
The magnitude of the work of build
ing a dim across the Mexican Intake
is suggested by the fact that a railroad
track Is to be built on piles across the
river for conveying earth from the bank
to be thrown on the brush foundation
of the dam. This railroad Is to be a
mile In length.
Dr. E. A. Lee. of Los Angeles, was
in Holtvllle Monday and Tuesday of
this week making the final arrange
ments for the purchase of a fine quart
er, section from J. V. Taggart and wife.
A. Randolph, of Los Angeles, was
in and around Holtvllle the first part of
this week buying stock for the Los An
The dance given by the Holtville
"Alfalfa Club" was a very enjoyable
affair and was largely attended by the
young people of the east side; also sev
eral from Imperial and El Centro.
Fred Bayless left for Los Angeles
Wednesday where he expects to make,
his future home. He will be missed
by his many friends in Holtville.
The Holton Power Co. Is working a
large force of men puttin? in a new
% headgate at the head of the power
canal and expects to have the same
completed in about two weeks. The
electric power plant is rapidly nearlng
completion and In about another month
electricity. will be In use on the wires
of the company and the electric light
ing service will be greatly appreciated.
H. A. Wright and wife of San Fran
cisco are registered at the Hotel Almo
and will spend several weeks here
while Mr. Wright attends to the super
vision of the placing of the water wheel
and other machinery now being Install
ed In the plant of the Holton Power
C. L. Hayes of Redlands arrived In
Holtville Wednesday and will spend a
few days looking after his interests In
W. F. Holt accompanied by Geo.
A. Parkyns, W. L. Brent and C. F.
Heath were In Holtville Wednesday
looking over our growing town and
looking up our prospects for promot
ing further Industries. Mr. Holt Is-the
promoter and owner of our leading In
dustries and Ceo. A. Parkyns Is owner
of much valuable land In Districts No.
1 and No. 5. *
The Holtvllle brick plant Is working
to their fullest capacity at the present
time and are now burning a kiln of
275,000 bricks. There Is a large de
mand for the Holtvllle brick In all parts
of the Valley as they are of the finest
Miss Cora C. Boyd was a visitor at
Holtvllje"* during the past week spend
ing the time with her father and broth
er of the Boyd Realty Co. and looking
overythe country for the purpose of
making a selection of a choice piece
of land on which to make a desert en
* Supervisor Joseph Foster; accom
M^d'^bV td^rAn'dersonT'^/as"' looking
over the roads and bridges of the east
side Wednesday and we may soon look
for some extensive and permanent im
provements on the same.
G. E. Hammer, of Anaheim, Calif.,
was In Holtvllle last week and purchas
ed two fine pieces of land on which he
Intends making some Improvements In
the near future.
M. P. Harris, who was quite seri
ously HI on Tuesday evening Is rapidly
Improving and In a few days will be as
well and strong as before.
Dr.-C. S. Lombard, who has been
spending several weeks on his ranch
making extensive Improvements, left
Wednesday for his home in Redlands,
A HISTORIC SHELLFISH.
The rnrpurn \Vn» Qtilte n Fnetor In
the World's Civilization.
A small soa creature lms done n lot
to assist the development of civiliza
tion. It is known as the murex or
purpura. From it the PhbenlclJtufi
manufactured the Tyrinn purple, the
origin of their wealth and prosperity.
As each shelliish yielded but one drop
of the dyeing material and as .".00
pounds were needed to dye llfty pounds
of wool the home fisheries became in
time exhausted. Then, finding it neces
sary to seek n supply elsewhere, the
traders started on the first voyage of
discovery ever made. Owing to this
voyage the Mediterranean, with all the
countries that surround it, was dis
Through this small creature also the
first colonies were founded. The Phoe
nicians, finding it impracticable to
bring home large shiploads of the fish,
built at those spots where the r.aw ma
terial abounded factories, which gradu
ally developed into permanent settle;
And as many of these colonies were
founded on Grecian Islands the apt
natives quickly acquired the arts* and
industries of their visitors, which were
soon diffused throughout Greece, and
the first seeds of civilization were
BELLS AS BAROMETERS.
Their Tone Will Indicate What the
Weather Will Be.
Church bells can serve another pur
pose besides ringing you to worship.
They make a good substitute for a
barometer. As the atmosphere is the
sole conductor of sound from the bell
to the ear, it Is obvious that the In
tensity and quality of the sound as
perceived by the ear will depend on
the state of the medium through which
It comes. For instance, If bells sound
very distinctly of an evening, this
points to the probability of a wet day
following, since air heavily charged
with moisture conducts sound better
than dry air. So, too, as dense air con
ducts better than light air, bells sound
more clearly when the barometer is
high than when it is low, other things
being equal, and so, too, with hot and
cold air. These principles are familiar
to all country folk living within the
Bound of church bells. About five
miles from Lebekke, in Belgium, there
are -some small bells which are called
"water bells." When they are heard
distinctly In the town ram Is sure to
follow.— London Spectator.
The Better Half Indeed.
An English judge recently bad an in
spiration. A defendant appeared too
dull to make a defense or answer in
telligibly questions put to him by the
judge. Suddenly the judge said, "Where
do you live?" and the intelligible reply,
"About five minutes off," was at once
forthcoming. "Then just run home
and fetch your wife, and run a little
quicker than you talk." It was done,
and the wife's clear and businesslike
statement of the facts won the day for
her helpless husband.
Not a Safe Rule.
•"I believe," said the enthusiastic
young author, "that the first thing a
man should do when he proposes to
write a paper of any kind Is to get
full of bis subject."
"I disagree with you," replied his
more mature friend. "In fact, I shud
der to Uiiuk of what might result If I
followed your advice."
"What are you working on?"
"An address on intoxicating liquors
to be read before our temperance so
The Prise Medal Holder.
First Athlete— Do you see that gen
tleman yonder? He holds the largest
number of prizes and medals ever pos
aessed by any one man. Second Ditto
—What, that fellow? He doesn't look
a bit like a champion. . First Ditto— lt
1b just as I tell you, though, lie la a
pawnbroker, you see.
One Wuiuuu'k Way.*
Husband— Why are- you buying sucn
an expensive preseut for Mrs. Shoddy 1
I thought you told me you hated her.
Wife—Ho I do, but , I know she can't
afford to give me a return one us hand*
tome, and It will make ber perfectly
THE USEFUL YAWN.
Thin l.nnff Ventltntlnft rroocaa S«rr#»
n Dotihl* I*nrpo»e.
The not of yawning Is distinctly bene
ficial iv two ways. In the first place
it servos the purpose of luntt ventila
tion. The lungs nre not ?Ued or ex
hausted by ordinary respiration. There
is n. certain quantity of air which phys-
I,>loßlst9 rail "rosldunl nlr" loft In the
recesses of the limps after the ordinary
respiration. This 111 time becomes viti
ated nnd nfTects Ihe blood nnd, through
It, the nervous renters.
The result Is n yawn, Which Is really
a stretching of the respiratory chamber
to its fullest capacity and the filling
of it with freshly inspired air which
drives the vitiated nlr out. Yawning Is
also beneficial in so far as it opens,
stretches and ventilates the vocal, na
sal and auditory chambers in immedi
ate connection with the mouth.
The cracking sound often heard when
yawning Is duo to the stretching and
opening of the eustachian tubes, which
form ■ a communication between the
middle car and the back of the throat.
The deafness which often accompanies
a cold Is duo to the congestion of these
tubes.— London Hospital.
IlerolncN, OM nnd New.
Most modern heroines aro married
women, whereas the nice ones in
Shakespeare and In novels before 1890
were almost always unweddod maids.
You like Beatrice and Portia and,
above all things, Rosalind. You do not
lose your heart to Lady Macbeth
(though a fine figure of a woman), and
you do not desire to compete with
Othello In the affections of Desdemona.
This may be a too nice morality, but to
Victorian taste even widows, in novels
at least, come under the ban of the
elder Mr. Weller. Nobody but Colonel
Esmond ever cared for Lady Castle
wood, and Dobbin Is alone in his pas
sion for Amelia.— Andrew Lang In Lon
A bashful young couple who were ev
idently very much in love entered a
crowded street carin Boston the other
day. M Do you suppose we can squeeze
In here?" he asked, looking doubtfully
at her blushing face.
"Don't you think, dear, we had bet
ter -wait until we get home?" was the
ow, embarrassed reply.— Life.
The clock has a strange way of tell
ing different tales with the same face.
If it Is telling one man to hurry up, it
tells the next man who looks that there
is plenty of time.— Atchisou Globe.
New Hardware Store
New Goods New Prices
Let us supply your wants at reasonable prices
J. Stanley Brown,
El Centro, - : California
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There is No Getting Around the Fact
that Onelda Community Silverware is the best on the market .
today; that Is why we sell It, We try to sell the best of ev«ry-
OUR MOTTO — Good value for your money Our prices, .
are always the lowest.
IMPERIAL DRUG CO.
DRS. HOLTZMAN, the Opticians
I The Bank is Next Door to Us
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I Kentucky Stables and Infirmary
! LIVERY, FEED AND SALE STABLES
|; Fine Rigs and Teams at Reasonable Rates
Sick and Lame Horses Cured. Horses
: Boarded by the Day, Week, or Month. ".
■j Pont Forget the KENTUCKY Stables
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I B. W. HARRINOTON, Prop. Corner Bth and J Streets
R. W. DAVIS, S \ J. G. WINN
Proprietor Manager and Butter Maker
CALEXICO, KOLTVILLE* AND BRAWLEY
: Hightst Mark \t Prices
Paid For Cream
• Dentist and Oral Burgeon.
Crown and Bridge work a Specialty
Bank Building, Imperial, Cal.
L* OFTIc/a NS.
We Correct all Errors of Refraction.
Also Prescription Druggist a.
fIEO. 11. P. SHAW, ATTORNEY AT
*-* Law, Imperial, California.
Ofilce upstairs in Imperial Land Com-
pAttlt AND McPHEIUUN
* .'„■ Attorneys at Law,
Land Law a Specialty ,
Garner Block . Imperial, Cal.
Office on East Eighth Street
Entitled to practice in all the
Courts of the State, Department of the
Interior at Washington, D. C, and all
the bureaus thereof.
• Imperial, Cal.
Contracts and legal papers of all kinds
pRANKLIN J. COLE '
Admitted to practice in all courts
" Corporation work a Specialty '■'-.%'' y
HOLTVILLE, - - CALIFORNIA'
Watcn Us: Watch Us!
And Let Us Watch You
We can fit you up with a new
'■ Watch or we can put that old"
one of yours in repair and guar- .
an tee' the work either way.
Everything in Jewelry and a -
nice assortment of Watches and ,
Clocks at the \ . ■ .
Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera and
Diarrhoea Remedy -
The great success of this prepara.
tion in the relief and cure of bowel
complaints has brought it Into' almost
universal use. It never fails, and vyhen
reduced with Water and sweetened Is
pleasant to take. It Is equally valua-
ble for children and adults. For sale
by all dealers.