Newspaper Page Text
Imperial Valley Press.
NEW "NATIONALIST" PARTY
ITS PLATFORM CONSTRUCTED FROM ROOSEVELT'S SPEECH
ON JOHN BROWN'S BATTLE GROUND AT OSSAWATOMIE
We cannot afford weakly to blind
ourselves to the actual conflict which
faces us today. The issue is joined,
and we must fight or fall.
We must drive the special Interests
out of politics. Every special interest
lift entitled to justice — full, fair and
— but not one is entitled to a
W6te in congress, a vote on the bench,
or to representation in any public
office. The constitution guarantees
protection to property, and 'we must
make that promise good. But it does
not give the right of suffrage to any
The absence of effective state, and
especially national, restraint upon un
fair money-getting has tended .to
create a small class of enormously
wealthy and economically powerful
men, whose chief object is to hold
and increase their power. The
prime need is to change the conditions
which enable these men to accumulate
f power which it is not for the general
. welfare that they should hold or ex
No man should receive a dollar un
less that dollar has been fairly earned.
Every dollar, received should' repre
sent a dollar's worth" of service ren
dered. : -
I believe in a graduated income tax
on big fortunes, and in another ta^c
which is far more easily collected and
far more effective^— a graduated inher
lltance tax on big fortunes.
F . It is of profound importance that
1 our financial system • should be
promptly investigated and so thor
oughly- and effectively revised as to
make it certain that hereafter our
currency will no longer fail at critical
times to meet our needs.
The natural resources must be used
for the benefit of all our people and
not monopolized for the benefit of
the few. That is one of the funda
mental reasons why the special inter
ests must be driven out of politics.
Conservation is a great. moral issue
for it involves the patriotic duty of
insuring the safety and continuance of
the nation. *
I We are face to face with new con
ceptions of the relations of property
to human wellfare chiefly because cer^
tain advocates of the rights of prop
erty as against the rights of men have
been pushing their claims too. far.
The state must be. made efficient for
COTTON PICKERS COMING
Laborers Arriving From the Southern
i Cotton Belt to Help Garner Impe
rial Valley's Fleecy Crop. ♦
; Widespread publicity throughout
the Southern cotton belt of the mag
nificent cotton' crop now maturing in
Imperial Valley, and the urgent need
of skilled help for: picking the cotton,
is having the result of bringing to
this valley many Southerners. Within
the past two weeks this has been es
pecially noticeable, and every inbound
train 'during the present week has
brought to the various valley towns
people who have been attracted
hither by the lure of news about the
new cotton district. . ,
For more than a month past parties
pf negroes from the South have been
arriving, und have scattered out' Jo
the various plantations; but the move
<^tiient <;f the past two weeks has been
| mainly of white families. During the
Ll'ießent : \veek several large families
*4fave arrived' In El Centro' expressly
to engage h> cotton picking. One
family arrived on Tuesday morning,
camped, at the Loftus office awaiting
the opening of the office, and as soon
as the office man arrived they an
nounced that the entire family 'was
Official Paper of luiporlnl County
EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA, BATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1910.
the work which concerns only the
people of the state, and the nation
for that which concerns all the people.
There must remain no neutral ground
to serve as a refuge for lawbreakers,
and especially for lawbreakers of
great wealth, .who can hire the vulpine
legal cunning which will teach them
how-to avoid both jurisdictions.
I do not ask for over centralization,
but I do ask that we work in a spirit
of broad and far-reaching nationalism
when we work for what concerns our
people as a whole.
The American people are right in
demanding that new nationalism with
out which we cannot hope to deal with
new problems. The' new nationalism
puts the national need before sectional
or personal advantage.
It is Impatient of the Impotence
which springs from the over division
of government powers, the Impotence
which makes if possible for local sel
fishness or for legal cunning, hired by
wealthy special interests, to 'bring
national activities to a deadlock.
This new nationalism regards the
executive power as the steward of the
public welfare. It demands of the
judiciary that it shall be interested
primarily in human welfare rather
than in property. , .
I believe in shaping the ends of
government to protect , property as
well as human welfare. Normal^',
and in the long run, the ends are the
same, but whenever the alternative
must be faced I am for men and not" for
property. lam far from underestima
ting the importance of dividends, but I
rank dividends below human character
Those who oppose all "reform will
do well to remember that ruin in its
worst form is inevitable if our nation
al life brings us nothing better than
swollen fortunes for the few and the
triumph in both politics and business
of a sordid and selfish materialism.
More direct action by the people in
their own affairs under proper safe
guards is vitally necessary. The di
rect primary is a step in this direction.
Just in proportion as the average
man and woman are honest, capable
of sound judgment and high ideals,
active in public affairs— but first of
all sound in their home life, and the
father and mother of healthy children
—just so far and no farther we may
count our civilization a success.
ready to go into the cotton fields and
pick cotton as long as they were need
ed. The result "was that before night
fall the family was Installed in a tent
at one of the cotton fields, had as
sembled a camp outfit and was ready
for the job " the next morning, when
the husbaiyl, wife and five children
turn'eq in to gather the lint. \
The colonist rates to California be
came effective on August 25 and will
continue until September 9. They
will be effective again on October 1
and continue until October 15, and it
Is expected that during that 'period
another large- influx of cotton packers
from the South will arrive
However, should any shortage of
Southern labor arise, the cotton grow
erc, of .this valley will hot' suffer for
help, as It Is known that if necessary
carloads of Hindus now Jocated in the
San Joaquin Valley may be shipped
here on short notice and placed In
the cotton fields. It is said that they
are more reliable as workers than the
The desire of those especially pro
moting the cotton industry, however,
Is to induce experienced white cotton
growers from the South to come to
Imperial Valley to assist in caring
for this season's crop" and secure land
for raising cotton next season.
SAMPLE COTTON PATCH
Three Hundred and Fifty Acres In
Fine Condition on Fred Ful
One of the best cotton patches in
Imperial Valley is Fred Fuller's 350
acres west of Heber. On almost the
whole of the tract the stand is perfect,
and experienced growers, who have
Inspected the fields, say that the bolls
already set will make a bale to the
acre. The best growth is on land that
had been in alfalfa for two or three
years. Mr. Fuller has cultivated and
irrigated his cotton as thoroughly as
possible, and has demonstrated that
good farming produces the results in
cotton growing as In , other branches
of agriculture. The planter that
scratches the ground, drops some seed
and leaves Nature to take its course
is pessimistic about the cotton indus
try. There are some cotton patches
in the valley that show that sort of
farming. ■ , . ,
The plants in the ' Fuller fields are
shoulder high, but they branch from
close to the ground and 'are heavily
laden with bolls at the bottom and
are^ making more cotton at 'the top.
The growth is so dense that it is diffi
cult to force a way through the field.
It is certain that the full crop will be
better than a bale to the acre, and the
prospective profit, if the price of cot
ton holds up to anything near the
present quotations, is in the neigh
borhood of $20,000. Picking will be
gin on the Fuller place in about two
weeks. ' *
Former Employes of Stone Brothers
Fail to Oust Them From Lands.
The United States land office ,has
rendered two decisions in Imperial
Valley, land contests by which C. P.
Stone and David P. Stone, members of
the firm of Stone Brothers of San Ber
nardino, are victors in the contests
brought against them by J. B. French
and F.. I. Goodwin, both of San Ber
nardino, the contests in both cases
being dismissed by the land office.
Goodwin brought a contest against
David P. Stone on a desert entry of
200 'acres in the Imperial Valley.
Stone had purchased the claim on an
assignment and the charge was set
up by Goodwin that Stone, had made
the purchase with cash furnished by
one W. W. Wilkins for the exclusive
use and benefit of Wilkins. The case
was heard last s January.
The other case was brought by J. B.
French against C. P. Stone and Invol
ved a 40 acre desert entry claim, also
in the Imperial Valley. French made
the claim in this case as in the other
case brought by Goodwin, that the
cash was furnished by W. W. Wilkins
and that the claim was for his benefit.
The land Office held that the evi
dence in both cases was insufficient.
Goodwin and French were both
formerly in the employ of -Stone Bro
thers. Some time ago they set up in
business in opposition to their former
employers and about the same time
brought the laud contests.
IMPROVED COTTON GIN.
. If the Pearee cotton pin can do what
it is said to do, the saw gin goes to
the BCj'ap pile. It is alleged that the
new machine cleans all the lint from
the seed without cutting the fibre
and eliminates several processes In
the preparation of lint for the^ spinner.
.T. A. Walton and H. 15, Pearson have
secured the state right to handle the
machine and may Install one of tho
tfins at El Centro this season,
Darcy Young has returned to Im
perial after a visit to his" former home
MACHINE DEBRIS SWEPT OUT
REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION TAKES PARTY CONTROL
OUT OF HANDS OF PEANUT POLITICIANS
The Republican county convention
held In El Centro last Saturday was
composed of only about half the allot
ed number of delegates, many pre
cincts having failed to elect delegates.
But few voters in any precinct paid
any attention to the matter of sending
representatives to the conventions,
and the delegates chosen represented
only those voters who take active in
terest in the details of politics and
realize the importance of controlling
the party machinery.
A contest for control of the conven
tion developed between the Progress
ives, or Lincoln-Roosevelt Republi
cans, and the debris of the beaten and
discredited fag end of the old Espee
machine that takes its orders from
San Diego bosslets. The contest was
waged on the street corners before
the. convention assembled, and John
M." Eshleman led the fight against
further domination of political affairs
in this county by men who are trying
to make a profession of peanut poli
tics and to * constitute themselves
bosses of the. party. It was the
purpose of the little bosses to so
control the convention as to place the
conduct of the campaign in the hands
of - the faction that furtively opposed
Eshleman's nominaation for Railroad
Commissioner and schemed to place
Conkling upon the county ticket, and
they had it framed up to send to the
state convention delegates unfriendly
to Eshleman. . . '
That the would-be bosslets took
their orders from the old Hardy ma
chine at San Diego, which is a part
of the Herrin machine, was proved
clearly at the primary election in Im
perial. The orders came over in the
form of a "sample ballot" marked by
the Espee bosses. It was a San Diego
ballot marked over in red ink to fit
Imperial County, and the crosses were
placed against the names of the Her
rin-McCarthy candidates for State
offices, including Theodore Summer
land for Railroad Commissioner. One
of the drudges of the machine, an
election officer, was caught distribut
ing this "sample ballot" at the polls
in violation of the election law and
desisted only when threatened with
arrest. He also circulated the falst
story that Eshleman was opposing
Mansfield. And this drudge of the
bosslets was one of the men picked
out by them for delegate to the state
The machine debris lost the first
trick in the temporary organization
of the convention. F. M. Burger, a
declared insurgent, was placed in tlie
chair and Winthrop Pier was made
secretary. The following committees
Committee on Credentials —J. A.-
Morrison, of Calexlco; F. M. Shumake,
of Holtville; W. C. Horan, of Picacho.
Committee on Platform and Resolu
tions — W. B. Gibson, of El Centro;
Frank Blrkhauser, of Brawley; Victor
Sterling, of Imperial. . • »
Committee on Permanent Organiza
tion — J. E. Snow, of Magnolia; W. R.
Vanderpoel, of Sllsbee; L. A. Potter,
After recess the temporary organi
zation was made permanent, and a set
of resolutions, In which the delegates
appeared to take no Interest, was
adopted without discussion. The
platform approves the administration
of President Taft, thajiks Congress
for taking steps toward government
control of the, Colorado, endorses all
the republican nominees for local offi
ces and pledges support to the state
ticket, favors hiicli amendments to the
Hrldgford Act as may be found neces
sary to adapt it to the requirements
of Imperial County, and criticizes the
railroad's desert rate as inequitable
and instructs the County Central
Committee to prosecute a vigorous
campaign for readjustment.
The struggle' for control came to a
head In the selection of delegates to
the state convention The machine
faction nominated R. M&lait and 1 L B.
Farnsworth, and the Progressives
nominated F. M. Burger and Winthrop
Pier. Burger and Pier were elected.
A few pertinent remarks were made
by John M. Eshleman, _who- had been
invited to address the convention.
Mr. Eshleman . fired some of his re
marks straight into the faces of the
little beaten bosses sitting in front of
him. He said the false report that he
was opposed to Mansfield had been
circulated by men taking their orders
direct from the office of the railroad
machine. He had supported Mans
field because he believed him to be a
much better, man than his affiliation
Indicated;' because he believed Mans
field, as a legislator, would not take
orders from railroad lobbyists but
would turn out to be a redhot insur
gent against the rule of greed and
graft. The men that circulated the
report knew it was untrue, and he be
lieved he had a right to ask of the
convention that it select as delegates
to the state convention ; men who
would not knife him in the back. He
was against and proposed to keep up
the fight upon men who were in poli
tics for business.
The County Central Committee,
which will meet for organization on
the last Saturday in September, is
composed as follows:
Brawley City —H. Baiim, Phllo
Jones, C. J. Park.
Brawley Outside — W. P. Mansfietd,-
Holtville Outside — L. D. Smith,
Joel Anderson, J. H. Patton.
Holtville City— J. D. McCary, F. M.
Shumake, Ed Herring.
El Centro City— F. M. Burger, W.
B. Gibson, Virgil McCombs, E. H.
Sherman, John E. Davis. -
El Centro Outside— W. E. Wilsie,
D. G. Whiting, R. H. Clark.
Imperial City— Dr.', C. E. Brain, R.
H. Benton, Charles W. Fernald, Ar
thur Edgar, Charles W. Waite.
Imperial Outside — Wiley Weaver,
A. L. Loffer, J. B. Parazette.
Silsbee —W. R. Vanderpoel, F. B.
Magnolia — J. A. Wiest, J. E. Snow,
Calexico Outside — W. K. Bowker,
H. C. Bennett, B. pj McDonald, Scott
Calexico City— L, A. Potter, J. B.
Hoffman, J. A. Morrison.
Heber — Winthrop Pier, H. W.
Picacho — W. C. Horan.
Verde — D. A. McLean.
There being no representation pres
ent from Laguna, Hanlon, Old Feach
or Palo Verde precincts, they were,
left vacant, to be filled later.
Z. FRANK LITTLE DEAD.
Z. Frank Little, a resident of Cal
exlco and vicinity for the past three
years, was found dead in his bed at
Calexlco Thursday morning. He
leaves a wife and daughter, both of
whom reside In Ix>s Angeles. Mr.
Little was engaged hi the real estate
business at Calexlco "and was an in
dependent candidate for county super
visor from that district.
Dr. W. W. Apple has returned "to -.
El Centro after a vacation" spent *ttt ■
Riverside and coast points.