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iidian Woman Awarded Prize For Her Garden. Washington. D. C., Oct 20—Mrs. Harriet Bone Necklace, of the Wak pamni district, of the Pine Ridge In dian agency, in South Dakota, was to day awarded a prize of $5 and a na tional certificate of merit by the na tional emergency food garden com mission for the best canned vegeta bles grown in a war garden. This contest for which the commission appropriated $5,000, is being carried on in all Indian schools as well as at hundreds of state and country fairs and scores of war garden exhibits. —Sioux City Tribune. A New Land is Coming in. Washington, D. C., Oct. 24.—Cato Sells, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, returned to Washington today from a two months' tour of the deserts in Ari zona and southern California. Dur ing his trip Commissioner Sells tra veled hundreds of mile: in outomo biles and many miles on horseback, frequently climbing mountains on foot and wading rivers Some of the time the thermometer registered 120 degrees in the shade and no shade. He inspected the water sheds of the Gila river in Arizona and New Mex ico for the purpose of locating possible reservoir and dam sites, and traver sed the entire Salt River valley. He closely tracked the Colorado river from Needles. Ariz., to Yuma, Cal., News Items of General Interest HIS DEPARTMENT IS OPEN FOR CONTRIBUTIONS CON THE INDIAN AND HIS PROGRESS EVERYWHERE 26. inspected the Parker and Yvma reser vation irrigation possilities and stud ied conditions in the Imperial valley, his definite purpose being to tho roughly familiarize himself with the water conditions and production possibilities of the desert countries of the continent. Amony other things accomplished during his trip, the commissioner effected preliminary arrangements for power to be used in pumping and for clearing, leveling and putting into cultivation 50,000 acres in one tract of desert lands on the Pima reservation, southwest of Phoenix. Commissioner Sells says that with water these desert lands are capable of almost unbelievable production that Egyptian long staple cotton is fast becoming a chief crop, making ap proximately one bale to the acre, now selling for 70 cents a pound that al falfa grows in great quantities, being cut seven or eight times each season, and that milo maize produces abun dantly that there are more cattle and hogs fed in the Sait River valley, Yuma and Imperial valleys than in any other equal territory in the world. The commissioner visited one ranch in the Yuma valley where 7,000 hogs were being fed. It is his purpose within the next 18 months to develop not only the 50,000 acres on the Pima reservation, but in like manner thous ands of acres o.. the Parker and Yuma reservations. With the first hand information Commissioner Sells obtained on this trip he is able to rapidly and effectively transform much of the great deserts of the southwest into the production o food for the world's immediate neces sities.