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CHEAP TRAWSPORTATION WILL INCREASE VALUE OF SACRAMENTO VALLEY LANDS NOTED ENGINEER SAYS LOW RATES ARE ASSURED Interior Lands Will Be Greatly Enhanced in Value by Improvement of Great Waterway to the North and Central Parts of the State i : That the preparations for deep draft navigation of the Sacramento river ■will have Immediate effects upon trans portation rates, land values and set tlement Iβ the opinion of John T. Flynn. engineer of the California River and Harbor league, who says: •"The proposed improvement of the Bftcramento river means more to cen tral and northern California and inci dentally to San Francisco, than any other subject of public concern. After 50 years of studied neglect the great natural water way of California has at Isst received intelligent consideration at the hands of the state and national governments. "The federal government, after ex pending $400,000,000 on the Panama oanal, is going to see that the rivers or the Pacific coast are properly Im proved in order that there may be commerce and revenue for the nation's great interoceanic canal. With proper river improvement and modern trans portation equipment freight can be moved between Tehama, Tied Bluff and San Francisco for 60 cents per ton. v.-here it will meet the great Panama canal liner and undergo shipment to the seaboard on the Atlantic as well s« ports in Europe for a sum not Id exceed $6 per ton additional. "The difference between the present average rail rate of $26 per ton from V;p Sacramento valley to Atlantic sea board and the water rate that wilf prevail upon completion of the canal will amount to $20 per ton. That means a Raving to the producers of the Sacramento valley. based upon its po.« IDEAL FARMS ON THE BORDERS OF BIG CITY Unique Plan That Is Being Worked On in West Sacramento RACTtAMKN'TO. March 7.—Within the! last few weeks many men and institu- i tions concerned with municipal and eocial improvement all over the coun try have#been making- inquiry about the West Sacramento farms project. The distinguishing- elements in this large, unique enterprise have attracted attention not only in this state, but in the eait and even in Europe. What seems to be of primal interest is just how the restricted idea common to the finer eutwirban subdivisions has been worked out in a proposition that is essentially agricultural, although it is in close proximity to a large city. The restriction idea in urban and suburban development Js so thorough ©ughly established at present that it eeems that there never wa* a time when it did not prevail, and yet. we have to go but a few years back to realize that restricted districts for homes is an evolution confined to a very recent period. It is an idea based on the intrinsic trend of modern thought —a searching desire for environmental improvement. Wtth tWs thought of restriction In mind, and with a vision of the ideal as related to a life in the open that brings with it * living:, the men who am back of the W>st ?acramento company have formulated and put into execution a new plan. It has resolved itself into ■ ptablishment of an unusual con dition of small farms with wonderful natural fertility in the shadow of a large city. To idealize these farms, to invest them with every facility and convenience of city living, was their prohlem. How well they have suc ceeded is shown by the actual develop ment thus far accomplished and the additional work being carried on as fast as men and money can do it. SUTTER STREET LOT BRINGS HIGH FIGURE The property at the northwest corner of Sutter and Mason streets, 137:6 feet in Sutter street by 136:4 in Mason, the site of the former Wenban building, jias been sold through the office of Thomas Magee & Sons for the Wenban estate to Charles Schlespinger. "While the pric» is not made public, the agents report that the sale is the largest In dividual sale of vacant property in Sutler street since the fire of 1906. As part of the consideration, Mr. Schlessinger deeded to the Wenban estate the property in the east side of Fillmore street 28 feet north of Sacra mento, 50 feet front by a depth of 91:8 feet, which is improved with a two Btory frame building. The Kirkham Wright house, in the east side of Scott street between Pacific avenue and Broadway, was sold to Dr. Oeorge E. Ebright for the sum of $35,000 through the office of Shainwald, Buckbee & Co. q OM E TO-MORROW cLmSZS Take this delightful trip to the Sacramento Valley. You'll enjoy the day at Valley Oaks. Imagine rich, deep, valley land, located in a town's limits, as low as $125 an acre, including Well, Pump and " Motor, all set up ready to turn on. We give you WATER FREE AND PLENTY OF IT Special rate tickets may be secured at oar office or at Ferry or at Ferry Sunday morning from * our , representatives, ■ wearing ; yellow ribbons. Boat leaves foot of* Market street at 9a. m. STINE (SL KENDRICK 23 Montgomery St. Phone Kearny 111 sihle freight volume, of f100.000,000 a year. Atmtutalng that only one-fourth of the shipments are made by water direct, but that water competition wHJJ reduce the rail rate on the remainder. • t saving to the producer would amount to at least $25,000,000 a year. A modern ship such as the Panama canal will demand, steaming 300 miles a day. will make the trip from San Fr;.!..'msco to New York in 20 days ns against the present average rail time of 30 days. That means dispatch in the shipment of fruits, and a conse quent widened market. "With the automobile as a collective and distributing- agent throughout the Sacramento valley for a distance of -0 to SO miles on either side of the river, and with the river serving as the mam freight artery from its source to its mouth, a distance of 260 miles, equipped with modern steam barges capable of carrying 1,000 tone each, the producers of the Sacramento valley will enjoy the lowest freight rat# in America, . . "The difference between the freight rate of the future end the freight rate of the past, as the result of the canal and river improvement, will amount to $20 per ton on all products shipped in or out of the Sacramento valley. As suming that each aero produces and consumes two tons of articles of ex port and import each year, the saving would amount to $40 peT year, or the equivalent of 10 per cent on a valua tion of $400. That will be the future average value 1 of the lands of the Sac ramento valley." FORMER TENANTS ARE NOW LAND OWNERS Cutting Up of Tuttle Ranch Gives Opportunity to Pur chase Rich Soil One of the most fertile stretches of land in the northern part of the state is what was formerly known as the Tubbs-Tuttle ranch. This property, with SI miles of frontage on the Sac ramento river, averaging , one and one quarter miles in width, has been pur :.a«ed and subdivided by the Yplo Land company and is now known as Rivergarden farms. Stine & Kendrick, local realty oper ators, who are agents for the tract, are enjt>yinrr as a result of a marked demand satisfactory sales in its mar keting. Of the entire tract, compris ing 14,000 acres, 1,000 acres were pur chaMki in scattering parcels by tenants who have been leasing of the former owners for periods ranging from 6 to 25 years. At the time the purchase WSJ made by the present owners it I was found that a mortgage had never been filed against the property. Con sidering that practically every big holding in the state is under mort gage, the case of Rivergarden farms proves of interest. The character of the soil at River garden farms Iβ a rich river silt, ca pable of producing anything from, jyar dfn truck to fruit. In the government report this soil is called the Sacra mento fine sandy loam. The water level beneath this tract Iβ about 15 feet, which is near enough to surface to eubirrigate practically any crop desired without incurring- the expense of installing , an irrigratng" plant. REALTY FIRM ADDS NEW DEPARTMENTS Edward*, Bre-weter & Clover Encagf Managers for Sale of City and Country Land* Edwards, Brewster & Clover, with of fices in the Mills building are prepar ing , to extend the real estate branch of their business, and with this end in" view they have placed M. A. McCann at the head of their city department and J. C. Cleveland in charge of country lands. Both of these fhen have been connected with D. Coffin & Co. for a number of r/ears and are thoroughly familiar with their respective branches of the work. The firm of Edwarda, Brewster & Clover has heretofore devoted lte ener gies almost exclusively to mortgage loans and financing new improvements and large irrigation projects. While this firm will enlarg - * and ex tend the real estate branch of Its busi ness it will also continue the mortgage loan and financial branch. The office, off the rotunda of the- Mllls building - , la being overhauled and rearranged so as to accommodate the increased business of the firm and when completed will be equipped for the han dling of all branches of business. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 1913.- SCENE IN, SACRAMENTO VALLEY, SHOWING PRODUCTIVENESS OF SOIL AND DREDGING WORK THAT WILL BRING WATER TRANSPORTATION TO THE FARMERS" DOOR. GOOD RESULTS FROM PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN $220,000 Worth of Land Sol^ by Colonization Company on Syndicate Plan . The California Colonisation eorapeny reports splendid success in securing subscription to Griffith Farm Land buying: syndicate. Upward of $270,000 has already be,en subscribed and they are coming In at the rate of $25,000 a day. Much approval Iβ expressed at the plan of giving settlers the chance to participate at the wholesale price. Mr. Faulkner, who has charge of the Children who are caged up and flats down town their identity in San Francisco's social and commercial life, look forward with anticipating pleasure the day when they give up their voter's franchise and move their families across may go to a playground or to Golden Gate Park. the bay or down the peninsula that the wife and children -They want to romp and play and run among the trees and ht 6njoy life in its m °* form ' flowers. —150,000 of the kind of people who appreciate these facts -Parents cannot expect healthy, robust children (the kind h * ve left San Francisco for the suburbs because heretofore that grow up to be handsome women and Srurdy men) if their there was no large reacted residence district in San playgrounds are the hot, dusly streets of the city, with sordid rrancisco. surroundings, impure air and undesirable companions. —This condition exisTed up to the time that Forest Hill was —This one great truth has forced hundreds of men to sacrifice opened to the public ♦ San Francisco ♦ —When Sutro Forest %vas sofd we along the" balustrades. The great thete pleaeuree and you may live in Hayes Street, then up 9th Avenue to had first choice and selected the flower urn at the south entrance meas- San Francisco. within a few hundred feet of Forest wooded knolle at Ninth Avenue and ures 25 feet across, and is being filled HilL Dewey Boulevard, comprising about with growing flowers. «—Come and walk among the pines 80 city blocks. and see what we have prepared for —Thirty minutes from Powell and —The winding streets follow the con- y«». bnn 2 the children, too! There's Market Streets. —The elevation Js 500 to 700 fe/st— tours o f the sloping hills and are being lots « ***<* ioT them to P la Y «• the air pure—the view superb. bordered with a million bright red _ n„ , c —The Laguna Honda Station and geraniums. —Forest Hill is more interesting than Western Portal of the Twin Pe~ks —The high class improvements and Golden Gate Park because YOU can Tunnel are in Forest Hill; when the artistic embellishments are Jfeine in- r< -» ~t~». -. a „..♦ j~« -/«. own a part of Forest Hill, build your tunnel is opened you can reach Fore& stalled at an immense cost. -Gtasa plots and out-door cozy cor- home Md faring youf fa|nj , y hefe to Hm frQm n J5 frQm ners are here and there. It loom H downtown. T , r je. • i j- hke a wonderful public park. —The Grand Stairway leading up to Castenada Avenue is 260 feet long —The Hayes-9th Avenue car. No. 6, '—Drop us a postal for interesting and*2o feet wide with flower urns —And now your children may have nuw from the Ferry out Market and booklet aboui this charming property. Take Hayes-9th Avenue Car No. 6 —lt goes direct to Foresl Hill Manager * _*■-—. - *"""' , " "~ -~ . ._„ Im » f~~ HOTELS LEASING r -- < — . — . md INDUSTRIAL y£Ehl 30 W on t£o_m &xy SireTefc .LSIJ L 1 mmmm ■ ■ - ■ . j<» subscriptions, in ppeaking of the plan, said it was the settlement of the land that gave it value and that it will take a big jump up as coon as 800 real set tlers are secured, and added: "The owners could afford to give away 500 farms of 10 a<?res each, then they would get $100 per acre for the rest. We are receiving sufficient In quiry to Justify following our original plan of selling." FHiLMORP; STREET STORES LEASED The J. W. Treadwell Realty company reports the following leases just closed: For the account of the Peninsular Realty cor poration —Store Noe. 1401-S Fillniore street to No Percentage Drug company for a term of fire years, at a total rental of $23,000; store Nos. 1406-7 Flllnaore street to Fillmore Cloth ing company, for a term of fWe years, at a total rental of $14,100; store Nos. 1400-11 Fill more stTeet to D. Leon, millinery for a term of fire years, at a total rental of $14,000; store Nos. 1418*13-17 FTllmore street to the China Topgery. for a term of five years, at a total rental of $15,900; store Noe. 1419-21 to I. Fla tow. oloaks and snits, for a term of fire year*, at a total rental of $9,600; store Nos. 1423-25 Tillmore etreet to M. S*c!iaumer, faocy goodß. for a term of fire years, at ft total rental of $9,«00: etrw'Nms. 1427-29 Fillroore street to Joost & .Toost. teas and for a term of five yeara. Ht a total rental of $9,600. LARGE ACREAGE BEING PLANTED TO ALFALFA Fairmead Is Experiencing a Rapid Growth in Town and on Colony Lands FATRMBAJD, March 7.—Within the next two months nearly 3,000 acres In this vicinity will be planted to alfalfa- Men and teams can be seen on all sides leveling and checking land. Many of. the new settlers have their lands ready for seeding now, but the plant ing will not be done until the latter part of this month or during April. The Co-operative Land and Trust company of San Francisco, owners of 14.000 acres surrounding this town, re port that many dairymen from differ ent parts of the state, have been pur chasing , land here lately and are very busy getting it in shape, as they real ize the time is getting , very short for spring , planting. * Tree planting is also going ahead very rapidly. The Fairmead nursery has another consignment of 15,000 trees on the way. Charles Sheriffs is plant ing 100 ncres t» peaches. A. J. Galla way is planting his acreage to olives and fig#. A two etory concrete building on the corner opposite the Smith block is planned by D. Bushman, the general" merchandise dealer, who recently pur chased the corner and inside lots and expects to erect upon them a modern concrete building. He sees a great future for Fairmead and is planning to keep pace with its rapid growth. Wrecker* Build Fire —An early riser turned In , an alarm of flre from Sac ramento and Broderick streets at 5:11 o'clock yesterday morning. Investiga tion by the* firemen showed that house wreckers had made the fire to keep themselves warm. KERMAN TO BE AN ALFALFA CENTER Experienced Grower Prepar ing to Put In Big Acreage I as Investment KERMAN. March 7—An authority on such matters declares that one of th.c best opportunities for the raising: of alfalfa Is to be found on the land* of, the Fresno Irrigation Farms com-* pany at Kerman. The man is Mr. I. Freeman, well known In the real estate business. and. who owns valuable San Francisco' property and a large tract of the best farm lands of northern Mexico. Hβ i» also the sole owner of the well known Inverness park summer home resort. a subdivision of lots aggregating over half a million of dollars. Mr. Freeman states that he will abandon active interest In all else for. / the alfalfa proposition, and is making: an exceptional offer to a limited ber to take up 10 acre tracts. He te prepared to prove out the enormous money making value of rais ing alfalfa, and thereby make Kerman a great alfalfa center. After investigating all farm lands of the state he finds Kerman the ideal, as the combination of a sediment soil of great depth; the best of irrigation, systems with a first right on the Kings river. the largest watershed of the TJnlte<l States, the land with a most perfect drainage, all on the Southern Paciflo railroad within 16 miles of Fresno, 1* Impossible to excel. Mr. Freeman Is contracting with the beet of alfalfa experts and will have a complete outfit of modern up to date machinery and equipment at work on his land.