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BISHOP, CALIFORNIA By Special Correspondent The Owens R'ver Valley has re cently experienced the heaviest snow fall in its history, so far as the mem ory of the oldest inhabitants of the valley are concerned. At Bishop and Big Pine numerous buildings col lapsed as a result of the great weight of snow, aDd it is quite probable that many more would have suffered the the same fate had not the residents bestirred themselves and shoveled the snow off their roofs. At Big Pine the large building used as an opera house and lodge hall, a two story structure valued at approximately $15000.00 collapsed and became a total wreck. The cause being the weight of snow on the roof, no in surance will be paid. It is said that something over 120 inches of snow fell at Big Pine daring the month of January. Sunday morning, January 30th, the thermometer at Bishop registered 15 below, which is the coldest weather ever experienced since the coming to this valley of the white man. The Indian Schools at Bishop and i i n e w e e o s e u i n e greater part of January because of the unprecedented snow fall which made it impossible for the pupils to get from their homes to the schools. Three Indian children—two sisters and a brother—have been cared for at the Bishop Day School for about iVews Items of General Interest HIS DEPARTMENT IS OPEN FOR CONTRIBUTIONS CON THE INDIAN AND HIS PROGRESS EVERYWHERE 29 three weeks, all three haying pleuro pneumonia. All are now slowly im proving the youngest little girl hav ing almost completely recovered, while the others are making much slower recovery but are thought to be out of danger unless new com plications occur. Bishop has been experiencing a very serious fuel famine for three weeks, this being due to the heavy snow fall. Coal men passing along the streets with the first loads of coal which were hauled from the railroad after the train service had been re sumed, were seen to dispose of their entire wagon loads by the sack, to people who besieged their wagons in much the same manner that the younger generation is wont to flock around the fruit or ice cream wagons when they appear in their proper season. Authority has just been received for the purchase of three acres of land adjoining the Bishop Day School site This land will be used for agency purposes, and it is hoped that several employees residences, as well as other buildings to be used in connection with agency work, will be authorized in time to permit their construction during the current fiscal year. The employees cottage at Big Pine is to be improved by the addition of a bathroom, authority for the pur chase of the necessary equipment having been received recently.