Published every Saturday at
Imperial, San DUgo County, Cat.
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ial. San Diepx> County, Calif.
Saturday. June 15, Wl.
HEADGATES OF IMPERIAL CANAL
The past ten days have been a
severe test for the head gates of
the Imperial canal. Hut while
the test has been a severe one, it
has been most satisfactory in ev
ery respect. The headworks and
canal, although new and fresh,
remained uninjured throughout
the recent heavy floods of the
Colorado, withstanding the se
verest strain to which they could
The California Development
company had built a strong levee
between the river and the canal
to keep out any floods even at the
high water mark, and had exten
ded the levee to the south to pre
vent any ordinary flood water
from entering the Salton chan
nel. For several days, however,
the river was at a point which
sent a large stream of water down
the channel independent of that
going through the headgates,
but did no damage. The river
has been several feet higher this
year than is usual, but has now
receded and all danger is past.
Some damage is reported on
the Arizona side both to the ca
nal works and to crops. Some
people being forced to seek high
The Imperial canal was con
structed in a substantial way by
a man who knows bis business
from a to izzard.
Water is now flowing in the
canal through the Cameron camp
and farmers who are putting in
feed crops about Cameron are en
abled to get water for irrigation
purposes. - — rr.
BUILD THE ROAD
It is settled that a mass meet
ing will soon be called io take
action upon the question of build
ing a railway to connect this city
with Imperial and the New River
country generally, says the San
Diego Union of the 7th. The
Union is confident that upon the
showing to be made at that meet
ing the people of San Diego will
decide that the plan is both prac
ticable and desirable, and that
they will heartily support the
project in every way in their
The Union believes, however,
that the agitation of this impor
tnnt question should not be con*
fined to this city, but should be
carried on throughout San Diego
county, especially at the places
along the' proposed lineornenrit.
At these it would Ih\.woll to have
mass meetings, at which the cit
izens will be given an opportuni
ty to acquaint themselves with
the details of the proposed un
dertaking, and to take steps to
render all the assistance of which
they are capable.
The need of the proposed rail
way is conceded on all sides.
tiiis is a branch of the subject
that calls for no consideration.
The chief question is one of ways
and means. These will be forth
coming, and the road will be built,
provided the people take harmo
nious and vigorous action to that
WILL THE RAILROAD BE BUILT?
This is a hard question to an
swer — so hard indeed that few
men would care to shoulder the
responsibility of answering it —
either yes or no. It now begins
to look, however, like the road to
'■ connect this country and San
Diego is in a fair way of becora
l ing a reality.
At a meeting of the railroad
committee of the chamber of
commerce, held in San Diego last
Saturday, at which a large num*
\ ber of progressive business men
j of the city were present, an im-
I portant step toward putting the
long-talked-of and much-needed
| road through. According to
j press reports the business men
who took part in this meeting are
of the kind that accomplish what
they attempt and the word to fail
is unknown to them. The city
and county have long felt the
need of such men as these becom
interested in this railroad propo
sition, and now that these gen
tlemen are showing a willingness
to push the matter it certainly
behooves every citizen of the
county to co-operate with them
and lend every assistance in their
power. There is little doubt but
that San Diego would long ago
have had a railroad to the cast
had there not been so many who
are always watching for an op
portunity to throw cold water on
any progressive enterprise.
The necessity of a railroad
from San Diego through this
part of the county is no longer
discussed. With the proper sup
port from the people of fhat city
the road is an absolute certainty.
With the road built San Diego
would profit by the business of
a section of country that in pro
ductiveness is unsurpassed on the
continent. Whether this part of
of the county shall be tributary
to San Diego will be determined
by the support, the citizens give
the railroad project.
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Wm. E. Smvtiik. president of
the National Irrigation Congress,
is in San Diego attending the
railroad meetings and speaking
in the interest of the Imperial
country, uniting his efforts with
General Manager Fergusson.
A KKCBNT writer from San
Diego in the Kamona Sentinel
seeks to retard immigration into
the Imperial country by pointing
the poor man to the disadvanta
ges he will be "up against" when
he leaves his old home to go to
the desert. When this gentle
man stated that this land is pcr
fectlv worthless without water,
(a fact that is universally known )
he failed to add ♦.hat water is
now flowing in the canal; and
when he stated that the water
rights cost $11.25 per acre, he
failed to add that the land costs
$1.25 per acre, making a total of
$12.50 an acre, which is the
cheapest land with water right
ever offered in Southern Califor
nia, and that the payments of
these water rights are scattered
over a period of six years, thus
bringing it in easy reach of the
poorest of men who have the en
ergy to get-up-and-go. In stat
ing that the white man stands
little chance at working for wag
es he was perhaps not aware of
the fact that more than 300
men and teams are now em
ployed in the country, receiving
recompense at the rate of $5.50
per day, and that a laboring man
has never applied for work here
without getting it. Perhaps
this gentleman knows of a coun
try where land and water is
cheaper and wages better but if
he does he is saving the informa
tion for his bosom friends — he
didn't give it to the public.
Wk acknowledge the receipt of
an invitation to attend the four
teenth annual Basket Picnic of
the Pennsylvania Society of
Southern California, which is
being held today, 15th, at I^ong
Beach. The invitations were
presented to the society by the
Coulter Dry Goods Co. of Los
Angeles. The design is artistic
and striking while the printing
is very neat.
VALLEY Or THE NILE
Continued front ltr»t page.
one dollar an acre to j>a y each year for
the water if two feet deep over the acre
should !k? used. • • I need not add
that ftiich price* for water are not \***
ftihle except under Mich a f^reat irriga
tion ■Yatetn an i» here inaugurated.
Work v«d |>ay for men and teams,
utainlv :» r four-horse team*, will Con*
tinuc for yearn. It will require nix
million feet of lumber to provide for
weir*, drops and distributors, and hun
dred* of mile* of ilitchet arc to 1r?
made. Teams to haul lumber and
freight, make ditchc», plow, cultivate,
harvest and the like of that will be re
quired, and settlers can meet their
payment* for land ami water and live
well from thenc earnings.
from the Salt River Valley
A personal letter front Mr. F. Leigh
ton dated at Phoenix June 5, contains
the following new* itcmn of crop con
ditioii.n in that *ection:
We are getting a little dry over here
in the Salt River Valley. Farmer*
have the first crop i>f hay harvested
and arc now cutting the second crop.
The !ir*t crop was the heaviest for
Melon- arc juat coming on and
prom imc to be good.
Times arc better that one year ago,
and every man who wants work has
little trouble to find it.
Turn the Imperial canal over into
thin valley and we are all right.
JUST BffOßf GOING TO PRISS
W. F. Holt, after a business trip of
several days to I.oh Angeles and Keil
lands. returned to Imperial Thur»dav.
Mm. 11. L. Front arrived here Wed
ucftday from San Diego. She will
ftpend the balance of tint year in Im
perial with her daughter, Mrs. 11. C.
I. \V. (tlcanon, who was in thin coun
try several day* hint week, left for his
home in Riverside last Sunday.
Hifthop JohiiHou and Rev. Henry 11.
RcHtarick are expected to arrive here
today from Loh Angeles.
Millard F. Hudnon left here last
Saturday for I*o* Angeles. He goen
from there to Oakland, where he will
vinit hi* family several day*.
J. K. Drown of the firm of Brown
Bros., representing the Imperial Laud
company at San Bernardino, was here
latter part of last week.
The work of construction on the
lumber sheds of Holt Bros, wait com
pleted Thursday and yesterday the
force of workmen was transferred to
the work of constructing the Christian
At a meeting of the board of super
visors last week M. I*. Hudson was ap
pointed justice of the peace and Wen
ley I'atton constable for the Imperial
K. J. Patterson of Kast Highland*,
was in the Imperial country latter part
of last week, with a view to locating
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