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Imperial Valley Press.
rge Attendance at the Exercises
Here Christmas Eve
For weeks past the ladles and chll
zn of El Centro had been engaged In
sparing for the Christmas event and
earnestly and Industriously did they
>or that everyone anticipated an en
talnment Christmas eve of unusual
»rlt and from the expressions heard
cc It would seem that everything ex
eded even the anticipations.
The exercises were held in the large
i spacious hall In the Bank building,
ere seats had been provided for a
ge gathering, but the crowd grew
i grew until room for more seats
1 been exhausted and standing room
s even scarce. The hall had been
lutlfully decorated and the small tree
lecked with its usual trimmings and
up by many mlnature Incandescent
its of all colors was especially at
The music by the El Centro orches
was a treat hardly expected.. as the
sic furnished by them under the
dershlp and direction of Professor
tonio Scarpa was so far ahead of
ever heard in the Valley It came
a complete surprise. The orches
; composed of Professor Scarpa, dl
tor, clarinet; Murray Stover, violin;
G. Grlswold, viola and Miss Swin
piano accompanist. Each one of
se showed Individual skill and the
lence certainly did appreciate their
rts and showed~thelr appreciation
'he school children furnished their
c of the entertainment of the even
and showed they had been under
guidance of patient and thoughtful
stance. For children each and ev
>ne did his or her part remarkably
. The following program was
horus — School children.
ra yer — Rev. Croco.
ong — Joy to the World,
ecltatlon — Welcome, Minor Drlg-.
ong — Merry Christmas, chorus.
ecitation — Waiting, James For
ecitation — Willies and Anna's
rer, Kathlene Perklss.
ecitation — Howard Stllwell.
3 lo — Gladys Bright.
ecitation — Zlna Waldrop.
ecitation — Jessie Downing.
ecitation— Klra Wilsle.
ecitation — Cyril Parsons.
)n g — Topsy Turvey, children.
acitatlon — Mamie Stewart.
jcltatlon — Blanche Morey.
>lo — Ina Mackey.
jcltatlon — Harry Newton.
icitatlon— Herbert Pool.
ing — Japanese Drill.
jcltation — Three Kings, Maud
c program was ended by a very
f little play by the, children, which
rery well acted and brought en
glng applause from the "grown
tor the program Santa Claus, as
'ays the case, appeared and pro
id forthwith to make many little
; glad with small gifts of sweet
> and nuts that had been gener
prepared by the ladles,
ose who had the entertainment In
c and were responsible for Its
ss are deserving of a great deal
dit and no doubt were repaid by
rge and appreciative gathering
so evidently enjoyed It to the
EL CENTRO. CALIFORNIA. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 1906
TO HAVE A LEADER
The El Centro Band to Have a Pro
fessional Leader and Director
Some months ago through the ef
forts of Murray Stover the beg nnlng
of a band was made. Only two or
three Instruments could be had, but
enthusiasm never lagged and one by
one additional pieces were added until
at the present time El Centro has
awakened to the fact that it has a
band to be proud of and the band boys
have come to the conclusion they
should have a professional director and
leader and are now negotiating with
Professor Antonio Scarpa, who with
his estimable wife are now stopping In
our town. The professor Is a finished
musician and a director of recognized
skill and ability and no doubt the ar
rangements will be made to keep him
here. Every member of the band Is
In favor of securing his valuable s=r
vi ces and with what assistance that
will come from outside sources It Is
hoped they will see their' way clear.
Professor Scarpa, when asked what
he thought of the prospects for the
band, was very enthusiastic and did
not stint his^raises. "Fine material,"
he said, "the nucleus of a fine band.
Some of its members are v artists and
others can be brought up to a rtTgh
state of proficiency."
Both the professor and his wife are
delighted with El Centro and Imperial
Valley and those who have made their
acquaintance would be glad to have
them settle 'amongst us.
New Livery Stable
Brick layers commenced work Mon
day morning on the new livery stable
building for W,.>W. Masten. on Broad
way, just east of the Franklin. This
building will be 40x60 and will have a
brick front. Mr. Masten is In. hopes
that the new and larger building will
enable him to take care of his increas
ing business more satisfactorily.
Statements Without Foundation
Herewith Is published a copy of an
article which appeared In the "Chicago
Fruit and Produce News," December
8, published In Chicago, 111., refuting
the statements made by Its contem
porary, the Packer, about C. E. Thurs
"New York, Dec. 7.— ln Its last Is
sue the unreliable Packer In referring
to the plans of the C. E. Thurston Co.
In reference to selling cantaloupes at
auction, made the statement that Mr.
Thurston's representative at Brawley
had told the growers that the Thurston
Co. had. an Inside rate on the South
ern Pacific and could also get much
lower rate from the Armour people
than any other association or shipper
could and consequently could make
them more money than If they did the
"Mr. Thurston's attention was called
to this and he said It was* untrue In ev
ery particular. There Is no possible
chance of his having any better rate
over the Southern Pacific or with the
Armour people. Mr. Thurston said
that his representative was a man of
judgment and he was certain ihat no
such statement was made by him. The
article In the Packer was dated Braw
ley, Calif., but had all the earmarks of
having been written in the New York
office. This Is simply one of the un
true and unreliable statements that the
Packer Is In the habit of making."
Work on the Ice plant will begin In
In a few days. Several cars of mater
ial are already on the ground.
AND THE IMPERIAL PRESS
A VALUABLE HORSE
W. W. Masten Has Just Purchased a
High Bred Coach, Horse
Last week W. W. Masten bought
from J. Crouch and Son the valuable
high bred German coach stallion, which
has been on exhibition at El Centro for
the past month. This animal is a di
rect importation from Germany by J.
Crouch and Son. His name Is Rem
etus No. 3489, and was bred by Hln
The following is the pedigree:
Remetus No. 3489, sire Allrat No.
1 193, by Magnat No. 860, by Agam
emnon No. 560, by Jellachlch H. G.
Dam— Remete No. 6348, by Rubl
co No. 952, by Norman 710, etc.
was accepted for register by the Ger
man, Hanoverian and Oldenburg
Coach Horse Stud Book, the 10th of
April, 1906. His weight Is 1515
pounds and he is a fine looking, trim
Mr. Masten is to be commended on
his purchase as high bred stock is a
paying Investment in th's Valley.
The purchase price was $3000 and
looks to be a good bargain. The horse
will stand at Masten's livery stable and
can be seen at any time.
Mr. Marlon Keen, who represented
J. Crouch and son here, says the best
value of this horse lies in the fact that
he is so highly bred that he Is bound
to prod»ce his like. He was bred and
raised under the supervision of the
German government, whlch;iias been
perfecting this particular breed of hor
ses for more than 350 years.
A Happy Christmas Reunion
Christmas, like Thanksgiving, is a
day for the gathering together of rela
tives and friends and a day of much
festivity and happiness.
Fuller Bros, ranch, six miles south
of town, was the scene of such an oc
casion Tuesday, when about thirty rel
atives and a few friends came In from
near and far to spend the day In true
Christmas style. Fred met the morn
tng'Hrain and returned with a jolly load
of the last arrivals from nearby towns
and then proceeded to show us over
the ranch with its well kept stock.
The boys have a fine ranch and its
fields of green alfalfa covered with
herds of horses, cattle and hogs can
wall be shown by them with no small
amount of just pride.
Visitings and recounting past exper
iences occupied the remainder of the
day until three o'clock, when dinner
was announced and In gathering around
the long table covered with everything
that Is good and goes to make a din
ner on such occasions one could not
but admire the efforts of the ladles to
please.- One of the boys remarked as
he looked down over the table from
his seat at the end that he wanted no
one to bother him for awhile, as he was
going tb be real busy.
This Is the first time ,ln several
years that so many of the family have
been together at one time and was In
deed a happy occasion. Those pres
ent from a distance were:
Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Barnett, Elslnore.
Mr. and Mrs Calvin Fuller, ElMonte.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fuller. Brawley.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Broadbent, Los
Mr. and Mrs. John Fuller, Rivera.
Harry E. Miller. Brawley.
M. M. Miller, Longton, Kansas.
Robert Fuller, Brawley.
Viola Lltchenberger, Los Angeles.
THE CHRISTMAS BALL
Was Well Attended and Proved a
The dance given in the hall In the
Bank building Christmas night was un
doubtedly the most enjoyable and best
attended dance ever had In the Valley.
The hall, which is the largest and finest
In the entire Valley, proved almost In
adequate to accommodate those who
wished to participate. People came
from Calexlco, Brawley, Imperial and
Holtville, the Holtcn Inter Urban rail
way running a special train for the peo
ple of the latter town. The hall had
been nicely decorated the night before,
the floor had been properly prepared
for dancing and everyone there seemed
to enjoy themselves to fullest extent.
The committee Messrs. W. E.
Downing. 0. R. Miller and W. L.
Payne, did everything they could do
that none should escape a good time
and with the excellent music furnished
by trie orchestra, led by Professor
Scarpa, it was certainly the dancer's
The dance was given under the au
spices of the El Centro band and net
ted them about $90. At 10 o'clock
an oyster supper at the Hotel El Cen
tro was announced and over sixty cou
ple availed themselves.
The visitors from the neighboring
towns were especially pleased and are
looking forward to the next one.
The tnit of Another Project
The secretary of the Interior to-day
conditionally-allotted the sum of $650,
000 from the reclamation fund for the
construction of the Orland irrigation
project in California. The conditions
to be fulfilled before the project Is fi
nally approved for construction are as
Ist. That 12,000 acres of land be
pledged by the owners In a form to be
approved by the department such that
the lands will be held bound to repay
the cost of coustructlon under the terms
of the reclamation act.
2nd. That satisfactory arrange
ments be made and agreements^ com
pleted for the adjustment of water
rights or for options to purchase cer
tain properties and rights.
3rd. That satisfactory arrange
ments be made for the purchase of the
lands needed for reservoir purposes.
* 4.h That the owners of the lands
agree to subdivide and sell their hold-
Ings In excess of 160 acres In farm
units of not to exceed 40 acres.
This Is the first unit ot the Sacra
mento valley project, which It Is hoped
may In time be undertaken by the
United States. The lands to be Irri
gated In the vicinity of Orland He along
Stony Creek and the waters of this
creek regulated by storage are to be
used In the Irrigation of the land.
There Is no uncertainty about the
results. Irrigation on a small scale
has long been practiced In this part of
the Sacramento Valley. Vineyards
and orchards will rapidly take the
place under Irrigation of the grain
fl^Jds, which of late years have proven
Alexis Calllaud, an orange expert,
and Frank A. Tetley, both of River
side, were In El Centro. I'Vednesday,
In company with I. L. Willon.
The valley was vlstted Thursday by
a very general rain. Those farmers
who have young alfalfa coming on are
very much pleased with these occas
The following Is From An Authora*
tive Source at Washington
Washington, Dec. 22.— 1n response
to Inquiry Mr. F. H. Newell, chief en
gineer of the reclamation service stat
ed that as far as he was aware no of
ficial action was under consideration
with reference to the situation on the
lower Colorado river. It Is assumed
that the California Dsvelopment com
pany with the assistance of the South
ern Pacific railway, will repair the re
cent break and that with the experi
ence had it would be possible to put
the river back in its proper channel
with little delay and relatively less ex
pense than before. The equipment Is
on the ground and the men and mater
ials are presumably available.
As regards the future permanence
of the work this is a point which Is ser
ious, but It Is believed by the engineers
on the spot that the dikes can be built
In such manner as to be secure. On
the opposite side of the river from the
broken dikes the reclamation service
has built similar dikes which have
stood recent floods and which with oc
casional repairs give promise of being
On being asked whether the govern
ment would not Immediately go to the
aid of the threatened settlers Mr. New
ell stated that he did not see how this
could be done without an act of con
gress and an especial appropriation of
some $2,000,000. The work must be
done on Mexican territory and some
form of convention or treaty must of
ficially be had before government of
ficials could cross the line. On the
other hand the employes of the railroad
or of the canal company could do so
without further formalities. '
As to the probability of obtaining an
appropriation or authority from con
gress this seems very remote. The
members of congress who have taken
most interest in the matter express
doubt of the probability of congress
making an appropriation and in fact ap
pear to hesitate to Introdvce any bill to
this effect, believing that even the in
troduction of a bill might serve to com
plicate matters by forming an excuse
for the present owners to throw up
their hands. If It could be said that
the government might undertake the
work the responsible parties would un
questionably take refuge behind such a
Mr. Newell further stated that the
reclamation service had nothing to do
with the matter and beyond expressing
deep sympathy was powerless, as It
had no available funds and no authori
ty. The government officials are
watching the developments and assume
that the owners of the canals will get
together within a few days and pre
sumably with the backing of the South
ern Pacific railroad, push forward the
repair of the break In the river bank.
The railroad has such great Interest at
stake, not only In the preservation of
Its malnjlne, but In the business from
the Imperial Valley, that It obviously
cannot afford to see millions of dollars
of property and securities go to loss.
Prompt action must be taken In or
der to clese the break before the regu
lar spring rise. There Is no time for
delay and even If con ress should act
promptly, which It probably will not, it
would be Impracticable to proceed ex
cepting with the equipment already be
longing to the railroad company. In
other words If the exigency is to be
met it must be through the agencies
already on the ground.