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Directors of all Water Companies
Hold Two Days' Session
A meeting of the directors of the
various water companies was held at
Imperial. In water company No. l's
hall. Wednesday and Thursday. The
meeting Wednesday resulted only »n
discussion among those present, as It
was expected that representatives of
the California Development company
and the Southern Pacific company
would be present, but failed to put In
an appearance. A telegram was re
ceived, however, while the meeting
was in session, stating these gentlemen
would be In Imperial the following day.
so the meeting was adjourned until
On Thursday the directors again
met and this time Messrs. Doran and
Ingram were present and after consid
erable discussion the water companies
agreed to send to the break 500 head
of horses and scrapers and men enough
to work them, the California Develop
ment company to pay for the actual
time worked and the water companies
to pay for the time consumed In going
and coming from the work. These
teams and men are to be apportioned
to the different companies on a basis
of the amount of their outstanding stock.
Then came the question of raising a
sum of money to assist the California
Development company to carry on th*
work of closing the break. This called
forth considerable discussion and the
directors present were of the opinion
that If any money was raised it should
be recognized as a payment toward
the purchase of the system and with
that end In view a committee, com
posed of I. W. Gleason, of No. 1; H.
L. Peck of No. 7; Frank H. Stanley,
of No. 4; Dan Elder of No. 8 and
Judge Stevens, attorney for water com
pany No. 1 . who are to meet Epes
Randolph at Yuma, Sunday, or at Los
Angeles at as early a date as possible
and negotiate for the sale of the canal
system and rights of the California De
/elopment company, the purchase
price to be what the system Is worth
after It is completed and put in first
This committee is anxious to con
clude this work as soon as possible, so
that the proposed agreement, if reached
can be ratified by the stockholders of
the water companies at their annual
meetings next month.
!n the meantime worki is being
rushed at the Colorado and men and
teams are being hurried to the scere
of operations, carloads of rock^and
gravel are on the way and ten pile
drivers are at work. The plan of cam
paign Is to build three trestles across
the break, dumping heavy rocks from
each and filling the lnterstlcs with
gravel and clay. The lower one of
these dams will raise the water three
feet, the next one three feet more and
the upper one will raise the water hlph
enough to flow down the old channel.
This same method was used in the
Owing to the sluicing out of'the old
channel there Is three and a half feet
less lift than before. Investigation just
made indicates that there Is no possi
bility of an interruption of the Irrigation
supply before the break can be closed.
Just as we go to press word comes
that the proposition to acquire the
canal system of the C. D. Co., has
been turned down. The following Is
the telegram received this (Saturday)
•President of Imperial Water Co. No 1:
Alter most careful consideration ije,
have reached a conclusion that the
two propositions of the Water Com
panies as embodied In new resolutions
passed yesterday are In absolute re
pudiation of your agreement of Dec.
13, and we must therefore decline to
£„„. ) R. H. Ingram
S! * ned jw.j. Doran
A meeting Is In session at Imperial
today, but what action will be taken
cannot be predicted.
THE AMERICAN BISON.
Million* of UnfTnloo* Once ltnnar«*4
Ihe Wr*(crn l'lnlna.
The early explorers who describe th«
buffalo numbers do not give us nuy
thln.ff more exact than superlative ex
pressions, suoh ns "counties* herds,"
"incredible numbers." "teeming myr
iads," "tlie world one robo." etc. I
have erideaVofod to pet nt a more er
not itloii of thoir numbers.
The total area Inhabited by the buf
fnlo was nbout 3,000,000 squaiv miles.
Of this the opon plains wore one-half.
According to the figures supplied me
by A. K. Potter" of the forest sorvlce,
the ratines of the Dakotns, Montana,
Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Colora
do! Texns nnd Oklahoma (a total ot
nbout 750,000 square miles, or half of
the plains) were, nceording to the cen
sus of l'.'oo, carrying 124,000.000 head
of cattle nnd horses and nbout 0,000,*
000 head of sheep. This means thnt
when fully stocked they might sustain
a number of buffalo nt least equal to
the number of cattle aud horses. The
buffalo had to divide their heritage
with numerous herds of mustang, nn
telope nml wapiti. On the other hand,
n buffalo could find a living where n
range animal would starve, many of
the richest bottom lands are now fenc
ed in, ami we have taken no account
of the 0.000.000 sheep. Therefore we
are safe In placing at 40,000,000 the
buffalo formerly living on the entire
Their prairie range was a third as
large, but it was vastly more fertile—
Indeed, the stockmen reckon one prai
rie acre equal to four acres on the
plains. Doubtless, therefore, the prai
ries sustained nearly as many head as
the plains. We may safely set their
population at 30,000,000. The forest
region was the lowest in the rate of
population. For its 1.000,000 square
miles we should not allow more than
5,000,000 buffalo. These figures would
make the primitive number of buffalo
Many other calculations based on
different data give similar or slightly
lower totals. From these facts it will
appear very safe to put the primitive
buffalo population at 50,000,000 to 00,
000,000. — Ernest Thompson Seton in
JUSTICE OF THE HEARTH.
A Standard Thnt Mlgnt Well Be
Adopted by All Society.
Over the dinner table a husband wj»s
telling his wife of the financial mis
dealings of one of their social ac
quaintances, a wealthy and popular
man. He had contrived the ruin of a
certain company and its subsequent
'reorganization, a process which bad
put money into his pocket and taken
money from innocent stockholders.
The husband touched the facts light
ly, because he thought that a woman
could not be interested in them* or un
derstand them in detail. This wom
an's understanding throughout her hus
band's narrative was occupied with
one or two simple questions.
"Is he to be punished?" she asked.
"Punished? How? His conscience
won't punish him— indeed, he probably
thinks he has obeyed the rules of busi
ness. The law technically is broad
enough to cover his case, but It Is
hard to get evidence. You see, the
district attorney must"—
"Excuse me for Interrupting, dear.
Explain that to me later. I think we
shall not dine there next Wednesday.
I will write a note to Mrs. Berry."
"Not dine there? Why not?"
"Because he is not a fit man to re
ceive In our house or for us to visit."
"But nonsense! He's just as good a
fellow, just as respectable"—
"One minute. By your own words
you prove that be is a wicked man,
taking what is not his. I listened to
your story until there could be no
doubt that you yourself condemned
him by the facts, which I do not un
derstand. If what you say Is true he
and I meet no more as equals."
And her judgment stood. Of course
her neighbors and friends pursued the
usual course of accepting a man in
social relations whom their husbands
distrusted In business.
But the standard of the hearthstone
—shall it not some day be the standard
of all society?— Youth's Companion.
"Dead" LeuveH Not Dead.
Leaves do not fall from the tree be
cause they are "dead," which wo may
take as equivalent to saying because
they are no longer receiving the con
stituents of their being from the sap
and from the air, but as a consequence
of a process of growth which devel
ops Just at the junction of the leaf
stem with the more permanent por
tion of the tree, certain corkllke cells
which have very little adhesion, 80
that the leaf is very liable to be broken
away by Influences of wind and
changes of temperature nnd of mois
"What would you do If you had a
million dollars banded you?"
"Well, of course. I can't say precise
ly, but the probabilities are that I*6
become mean and grouchy, break
away from all my old friends and put
In the rest of my life trying to skin
mankind, put of another million."
Its Fanclnndns Proctnulon of Cotoa*
«nl. Fnntnatlc Iceberg*.
It la the Icebergs that make Labrador
fascinating. They greet you when you
•team out of the strait of Belle Isle,
tho northern gateway of the gulf of
St Lawrence, and head northward up
the coast of Labrador. They come
floating from the north, an endless pro
cession, all shapes, fantastic, coloss?,!,
•tatuesque, even grotesque— a magnifi
cent assemblage of crystal domes and
turrets nnd marble fortresses. Your
steamer picks Its way carefully among
them lest they be Jealous of her Intru
sion nnd fall over upon her. And In
the midst of this glorious company you
come to Battle Harbor.
Tho settlement is on nu Island per
haps 200 yards in diameter, which Is
the outpost of a larger Island, and
plows the waves of the ocean like the
prow of some gigantic ocean liner. In
storms the spray leaps almost ncross
its ledgy surface. A cove hides behind
the bluff sea wall, and on its rim nes
tles a tiny village of whitewashed cot
tages. You climb the hill to the look
out. Away to the north nnd south
spreads out the vast procession of the
Icebergs. They come out of tho north,
the fog surrounding their tops and
streaming like smoke from their pin
nacles. They move slowly southward,
perhaps three or four miles a day.
Some go directly south down the New
foundland coast, some turn west as
they approach the strait nnd are swept
by the tide into the gulf of St. Law
Day by day from the hilltop you note
their slow progress. Each day sees
new forms emerging on the northern
horizon, while old, familiar bulks are'
lost to view in the south. Each month's
Icebergs are natives of a more northern
region.. Hence the bergs of the late
summer, though fewer in number, are
Individually larger than those of the
earlier part of the season, because they
have been longer in the making, com
ing from farther north.
June's icebergs are Labrador's own
product and have broken off from the
Ice field that has filled the bays and
extended far into the ocean in the pre
vious winter. July's bergs come from
Baffin Laud, while the huge bulks of
August are natives of Kane bay and
the far northern rim of Greenland,
where man has never been.— W. B.
Conant In Boston Transcript.
Don't take the dog calling on a
friend who owns a cat.
Don't make his life a miserable bur
den by taking him shopping.
Don't permit him to jump on a caller,
wiping his dirty paws over her best
Don't take him calling at all, to have
him run around a friend's house chew
ing up rubbers, etc.
Don't permit him to salute you with
his tongue and then say rapturously,
"See how he kisses me."
Don't let him hop up on the chairs,
so that the next person who sits there
will acquire a coat of dog hairs.
Don't tie him up and go off for the
day in order that he may make the
neighbors miserable with his howling.
Don't expect outsiders to have the
same admiration for him and accord
him the same indulgent treatment you
In the staging of one of his earlier
plays Joseph Jefferson, accompanied
by a friend, attended a rehearsal, at
which a lively disagreement arose be
tween two of the actresses as to the
possession of the center of the stage
during a certain scene. While the man
ager poured oil upon the troubled wa
ters Jefferson sat carelessly swinging
his feet from the rail of an adjoining
box. The friend could stand It no
"Good gracious, Jefferson," he ex
claimed, "this will ruin your play.
Why don't you settle matters? You
could If you only would!"
Jefferson shook his head gravely, but
with a twinkle in his eye. "No, George,"
he replied, "the Lord only made one
man who could ever manage the suu
and moon, and you remember even he
let the stars alone."— Harper's Weekly.
One Ciiuite of Kye Ditiease.
A Scotch surgeon recently called at
tention to the connection between an
uncared for mouth with carious teeth
and a form of eye disease. He de
scribes three cases, In each of which
the teeth were In very bad condition.
The gums were soft and spongy, bleed-
Ing easily, while tiny drops of pus could
be pressed out from their margins. Tho
breath had a sour smell, aud the com
plexion was of a muddy, sallow tint.
In caring for theso cases tho first step
was to purify tho mouth and put the
teeth Into good condition. Such pro
cedure, together with suitable tonics
and local eye treatment, brought about
a perfect recovery. This Is only one
example of the Herlous nature of dental
Mrs. Style— Mrs. Cashe has a greu
deal of embonpoint. Mrs. Parvenu-
Then If she has a good deal of It, 1
know she got It cheap. — Baltimore
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