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VOLUME XXI. FINE SEASON! BIG CROPS. Water Commissioner E. M. Mears’ Annual Report. The following report of the past season in this section of the Talley showing conditions and crops and also canal improvements we are able to publish in fall through the courte sy of the Commissioner for Water District No. 67, E. M, Mears, and it contains many facts worth reading: Lamar, Colo., Not. 13, 1906. John M. Jackson, Esq., Irrigation Division Engineer, Dear Sir: I am sending you herewith my tabulated report for the irrigation season of 1906. Inasmuch as my appointment to position of Water Commissioner took place a late as Sept. 6th, and there being no detailed information left by mj predecessor, I can only refer in a general way to the conditions in dis trict No. 67 daring the past season. WATER SUPPLY In no season during the last ten years has the flow of the Arkansas Kiver been more favorable to the ir rigalion interests of District No. 67. There have been many years in the past in which the entire discharge of the river has been very much great er than that of this year, and when at certain times in these years there has been a crying demand for and a great scarcity of water. The total discharge of the riyer this season has perhaps been below normul, but it has been so evenly distributed throughout the year that there has always been plenty of water to fully meet the demands of irrigation. There have been no high and danger ous floods, the maximum discharge not exceeding 20,000 cubic feet per second at any time, and the surplus, other than seepage or return water, passing out of the district has been less than in any previous year of record. The Purgatoire river, as usual, has done this district good service although its flow has been very much below normal. Other tribotrries between the Fort Lyon headgate and the State line have contributed small amounts of water. The amount of rainfall throughout the district has been above normal and the precipitation occtired at times when' the greatest need exist ed. This, together with the plenti ful and eveniy distributed supply from the riyer, provided sufficient moisture to all growing crops, and tended to greatly reduce the length of the irrigating season, or the per iod of actual demand for water. At this time of year, with such mild And open weather as we have been •experiencing, there' is usually a strong demand for water for all ir rigation. At present, however, there is practically no demand and the sur plus water is passing into Kansas. Throughout the last two mouths there has been a plentiful supply of storage water for the reservoirs of the A. V. 8. B. &I. L. Go. The two larger reservoirs, Neegronda and Neenoshe, are practically full with about 110,000 acre feet of available water for next season. In addition to this there are about 12,000 acre feet available in the Queen reservoir. The present indications are that there will be considerably more water stored from now until the end of the current year, and indeed should the weather remain open it is very far from improbable that the reservoirs of this company will be full to overflowing before there is again any demand upon them for water for irrigation. When we con sider that there is enough water at present in these reservoirs to much more than irrigate the 30,000 or more acres in cultivation under the Amity Oanal next year even if the direct supply from the river was en tirely cot off, we cannot but be im pressed by the extraordinary value of the conserved flood and surplus waters of the Arkansas river. Mr. Thomas Berry, Chief engineer of the A. V. 8. B. & I. L. Go., informs me that at no time in the past has the duty of reservoir water, to supple ment the direct supply of the Amity canal, been greater than 0.75 of an acre foot as measured at the reser voir outlets. The duty of water under the Amity canal this season as measured At the headgate is 2.78 acre feet. The Lamar Register Time to Think of Christmas Presents Within the next JO days, we will have in place for your inspection the largest assortment of HOLIDAY GOODS and TOYS ever shown in Lamar as follows: Books Musical Instruments China and Cut Glass We have over 5000 Books in stock consisting Guitars, Mandolins, A glance at our our line will convice you that of Cloth Bound Gift Books from 15c to $2.00 t . n . we have the finest liae in Lamar. Cups and Saucers Juvenile Books from 5c to $l.OO iolins and OanjO S in Japanese, Hand-Painted Haviland. etc., from Bibles and Testaments at prices that wm suit your pocket iocto $i so «.ch „ w ■ Fancy Plates and Bowls tram 25c to $5.00 We purchased a large line of these before the WatCheS, JeWelrV, etC. C ut Glass at 25 to 35 per cent below regular prices raise and are able to undersell all competitors from Qur stock of Jewelry has been greatly increascd 10 to 25 per cent on these goods. Don’t send away and we will have the newest, nobbiest and latest fl/illcl but call and get our prices. goods ever shown here. Fine line of Sterling Silver L/OIISI LJOIISJ Xmas Gards, Booklets, etc. Novelties, Manicure, and Toilet Sets, as well stand- It will do you good to see them and especially at exceptionally low prices ard Flatware and Tripple Plate Goods. the Two Large Dolls we are giving away FREE Don't forget we are giving away also Two Waltham Watches, one Ladies and one Gents, in 20 year Standard Gold Filled Cases MCLEAN BROTHERS Druggists and Jewelers The average zainfall has been 18 in ches. Thu new reservoir, Thurston Lake of the Fort Lyon Ganal company, lo cated southeast of the reservoirs of the A. V. S. B. & I. L. Co., with an available capacity of 5,000 acre feet, is foil. CROPS. With improved methods of farm ing, and the more careful applica tion of the knowledge of irrigation possessed by most of the farmers, the orop returns have been ahowing a wonderful inorease in both qnality and quantity in the last few years. With farther study and more famil iarity with the scientific side of ir rigation farming, on the part ot the farmer, it is hard to predict the pro ductive possibilities of the soil of this region. The results generally this season have been very flattering. The average yield of wheat will ex ceed 30 bushels to the acre, while the maximum has run as high as 69£ bushels per acre, a record perhaps for Colorado. The alfalfa orop has given an average yield bnt the qnal ity is not up to the standard. There has probably never been a better oat crop in Prowers Connty and many fields have produced as high as 80 to 90 bnshels per acre. The beet crop covers an area of about 10,295 aores, the yield from which will average probably 12 tons per acre. This at the rate of $5 00 per ton figures out $617,700.00 to be divided amongst the farmers of the connty. The yield of fruit, especially peach es, has been phenomenal. On ac count of the scarcity of labor there was no attempt made to raise canta lonpes for the market in the west end of the county. In the Holly and Granada districts, however, the acreage was about up to the average the yield was good, and the fine quality was such as to create a de mand in the New York and other Eastern markets for the melon of tnese particular districts. Agricultural developments gener ally have been greatly handicapped by reason of the lack of labor. With a plentiful supply of labor in Prow ers county the beet acreage next year will probably be increased fully 50 per cent over the natural increase. STOCK. There has been a decided increase in the number of sheep being fed and fnlly 100,000 lambs and sheep will be shipped from the various stations in Prowers county the com ing winter and spring. The cattle feeding industry is also receiving more attention than at any time in the past and already 3,000 head of cattle have been purchased for the feed lots. CANAL IMPROVEMENTS. This year the Fort Lyon Caual company has developed what is known as the Thurston reservoir, al ready mentioned. This reservoir is supplied by the Fort Lyon canal, di rectly from the river. The T ‘ >mM canal is practically a orvs'xcsxjs.x. irx ar3PJi.p=R or coxr^T'xvar LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY. COLORADO, WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 28. 1906 new struotnre being rebuilt in 1905. The following is a list of improv meats on the irrigation system of the A. V. 8. B. & I. L. Go. : The re construction of the Amity Dam. The construction of new Band and Regulating gates in the Amity canal at Big Bandy creek. The construction of an inverted siphon to carry the Amity canal nn der the bed of Big Sandy creek. The construction of a flume to oarry the Amity oanal aoross Buffalo creek. The ooustruotion of four drops in the Gomanohe canal. The qpnstrnction of a silt check in the Gomanohe canal. The construction of a headgate and sand gate for the Buffalo caual. All of these strnotnres have been bnilt of re-inforced concrete. The Big Sandy oreek Siphon is 450 feet in length oyer all and has three tubes with a combined capacity of from 550 to 600 cubic feet per sec ond. lam sending yon pictures il lustrating some of these works wbioh I have received through the kind ness of Mr. Thomas Berry, the engi neer of the works. This oompany has also nnder con struction a 40 foot drop in the Sa tanta oanal which is the feeder of of the Qneen reservoir. A new irrigation distriot know as the Bent & Prowers Irrigation Dis trict, has been organized the past year and bonds for the construction of a ditch and reservoir system vot ed and approyed by the distriot court. It bids fair to open up a large body of inigated land in this and Bent connty. Respectfully submitted, E. M. Mears, Gom. Dist. No. 67. Div. No. 2. 20 YEARS AGO Notes from The Lamar Register of November 27, 1886 A. E. Bent & Co., the new real es tate and loan agents, speak to the public through the Register this week. Mr. Bent is qnite, all bnsi ness man that is sure to find success in the new west. Gapt. H. A. Billow arrived from Kingman, Kansas, and opened a real estate office in his new building on north Main street. The first social hop in the history of the Lotas dab on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 25; and sapper was served at Delmonicos. It was a success in every respect. The list of guests includes the following names: Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Parment er, Mrs. J. A. McDowell, A. E Bent, Mort Strain, S. H. Goxhead. A mass meeting was held in La mar on Thursday to organize a new town company to lay oat a townsite on the north side of the river. Swift Gity was the name chosen for the new town. The following of oar GOLDEN RULE STORE REMOVAL SALE 25 Per Cent Discount OIT -H-XdXrf Ladies Skirts, Waists, Wrappers, Petticoats and Dress Goods W« have received a tine line of Silk Shawls, Handkerchiefs, Belts, Gloves, Combs and Fancy Goods. 25 PER CENT Discount during Sale on various other lines to close them out Remember we give Premiums of Quadruple Plate Silver Ware this Fall SMART & SIMON NORTH SIDE FEAST BLOCK present day citizens were unfortunate enough to take stock in the new town: D. E. Cooper, A. Deeter and A. Everett Piles quickly and positively cured with Dr. Shoop’s Magic Ointment. It’s made for piles alone—and it does the work surely and with satisfaction. Itch ing, painful, protruding or blind piles disappear like magic by its use. Large Nickel Capped glass jars, 50 cents. Bold and reccom mended by McLean Bros. Preventics, as the name implies, pre vents all colds and grippe when “taken at the sneezing °tsge. Preventics are toothsome on dv tablets. Preventics diasi;»ato ail c > ! j nokly, and taken early, when you lirst fuel that a cold is coni . g, ili> j ; and provont them. Preventics are thoroughly safe for chil dren nnd as effectual for adults. Sold and recommended in 5 cent and 25 cent boron by Bros. The Beet Farm Inenrauce on Earth THE CONTINENTAL INSURANCE CO. Of New York. 53 years old. Assets $10,384,000. Capital and Surplus $9,425,000. Low rates. Losses promptly paid. Insures all kinds of farm property. Your business so lioited. R. L,. Beavers Lamar, Colo, B. B. Brown, Prea. A. N. Parrish, Vice Pres. W. O. Gould, Oashr The First National Bank 07 LAMAR, COLORADO. Capital 850,000 Surplus SIO.OOC REOTORS B. B. Brown. T. M. Brown. W. G. Gould. M. D. Thatohkb A N, Parrish. D. EL COOPER Real Estate, Loan 0* Insurance Agent. 8 Pages NUMBER 25.