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1 [Valley Students
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AUSTIN, Nov. 17.—There are ten
students from the Rio Grande Vsllcv
enrolled in the University school of
latest reports show. All of these
students are taking advanced work.
Brownsville has five representa
tives in the law school, Wortham
Davenport. Robert Rentfro. William
beanlan, Fred Wagner, and Luther
Others from the Valley are O. E.
Gannon, Jr., of Mi: -ion, Louis White
of Pharr, (Jecil F.d wards of F.dinburg
*nd Menton Murrey of Mercedes.
* * •
Wine and blue, the colors of the
sorority, were effectively developed in
tAe decoration'- for tbr dance which
given at the Austin < cuntry club
dday night by the Pi Beta Phi sor
'ty of the University of Texas.
Vmong the many prominent stil
ts' who were guests for im* af
wpre Fred and Grover Wagner
t William Fcanlait. all of itrowos
■>tlle. They a-e member* of Delta
3igtna Phi social fraternity.
* * * *
Miss Frances Agnew of M<• Allen, is
, enrolled in the university thi* vi r.
I Miss Agnew is taking gradual:* work.
• • •
| Miss Donna <lark of Weslaco af
I tended the Texas-Baylor football
l game at Waco Saturday. Miss Clark
I is a pledge of Phi Mu sorority.
• • •
I Willie Mae Taylor of Donna had as
•guests last week end at the Phi Mu
■orority house. Misses Ouida Baxter
Mid Lyndall Yoder of We-tmoreland
lollege, Fan Antonio.
• • •
/ That many of the students from
toe Rio Grande Valley enrolled in the
university «of Texas are interested in
engineering work can be seen from
Ihr large number taking wofk in the
fcUegc of engineering. Most of the
Jities of the Valley are represented
tv one or more student*.
Five student* from. Mercedes are
taking engineering courses. They
are William Movers, Robert Ohls,
David Phelan. Robert Andrew Porter,
and Wilbert Sippola.
i Lloyd Johnson and Raymond
Marshall of Edinburg are enrolled
in the. college of engineering, a* arn
Janes L. Crawford. Jr., and Herbert
Dawson, both of Fan Kenito.
Two students from Brownsville
Work under Dean T. 1 . 1 ayb*r, head
of the college engineering. I hey arc
R Ford Green and Frank Torres.
| . Harold Lea veil and Clarence P.npn
represented McAllen in this part of
the University of Texas, and Joe
Bassett and i.en Fpragin* of Donna
are also doing engineering work.
Other Valley students inoulde G.
Fdward Bake- and David Boone, of
!Aiiirlingen, Harry Douthitt of Ray
^rnondville. t ceil Eppright of Mission,
and Joaquin Mora of McAllen.
These student* arc taking various
branches of engineering work, some
being enrolled for electrical engi
neering. some for chemical engineer-,
ing. and snmc for mechanical en
gineering. * * •
Seversl student* from the Valley
are taking graduate work in the uni
versity this session, working for mas
ters and doctor’s degree*.
James Huffendick and Frances Ac
new, both of McAllen.( have received
their bachelor’s degrees and arc tak
ing advanced work.
Two studnts from Mercedes are
doing graduate work. They nrc
Marie Morrow and Andrew B\ers.
John A. Boone of Harlingen and
Heraohell Walling of Mission are two
other Valiev student* who have re
ceived one or more degree- and are
working for higher honors.
A total nf was raided in
the new student union fund drive on
♦ he campus the past. week. con
ducted among freshmen and trans
fer* to the university for the purpose
of raising additional finance* to com
nlete the projected campus union
bU«!eversl Valley -tudent* took part
in the campaign, which lasted a week.
Pharr Hunters
Are Optimistic
I (Special to The Herald)
PHARR. Nov. 17.—Many hunters
of this section have left for the wil
derness for the purpose of bagging
th* first deer, while others arc driv
madly to the coast to bag their
_ limit of the wild ducks and geese.
6, j8 reported that duck hunting is
(' "Wh improved over what it » •»
first and that they are flying free
ly and that the hunting is the best
it has been in several years.
H-ny of the hunters are going
Into Starr and WiMacy counties
whil* others are trustiqg their lurk
. eoing to ranches in Hidalho
«ith the claim that there is no bet
ter hunting in the Valley country.
W.nv hunters are makmg arrange
ments to go into Mexico for a few
^The quail season which opens on
tho first day of December is »nx
fnuslv awaited by a large number of
■oertsmen. Reports have come in
that they are plentiful ..rom all
indications hunting all around is go
" t0 he the best that it has been
- the Rio Vb,1p>’ ’n many
. s. This is brought about prob
?klv because of the favorable wea
!hVr during the year for wild am
* ... The rain that hns f Urn has
furnished the moisture which has
iro.'uccd abundantly the right kind
L food for the sustenance of these
game animals and f“wN__
jIjqH game officials
B ' U Terrell. commissioner «*T
GMr«Mure and Jodge J. H. Smith
H Brown, both or the state
) ,T,ie department, arrived here and
I f1/? for the Adams tract in the
U l«ftport of Ifidalg.. county
1 ?®rti*jSr hunt. They will establish
Mk°\’ mP and spend several days
ICinc '“r "'«» Au’'|
Crop This Year Sev
eral Weeks Late;
Heavy Shipments In
December Forecast
MISSION, Nov. 17.—Citrus fruit
has matured slower this year thin
at any time tsincc the industry was
established in the Lower Rio Grande
\ alley, is the opinion of growers
and shippers, who point to the fart
that much of the Duncan grapefruit
is not sufficiently matured to ship,
and that very little of the Marsh is
ready for the market.
In a normal year the Dunean
grapefruit is matured by mid-Octo
ber. and reaches its prime by the
middle of November. Marsh attains
its prime between the middle of No
vember and the first of December *>f
December, but that rule does not
hold this year.
Too much rain and not enough cold
weather is the cause ascribed by lo
cal shippers for the failure of the
fruit to mature as early as in the
average year. There was practically
no cool weather in October, with
only one or two cool days in Novem
ber. The rainfall in the Mission and
McAllen districts has been consid
erably lighter than in the rest of the
Valley, hut has been sufficient to
prevent earlv maturity.
“Very little fruit has been avail
able the past two weeks,” was the
report of T. M. Melden, manager of
tho Texas Citrus Fruit Growers' Ex
change. “Never in my experience in ■
the Valley has the fruit matured so !
slowly. The exchange is shipping
out a mixed car this week, and in- |
eludes practically all the well ma-|
tured fruit in this immediate • co
tion. 1 do not look for heavy ship
ments before December 1, and by
that time the fruit will he up to th»*
usual Valley standard.”
Predict* Good Market
The exchange manager expressed
himself as very optimistic over the
outlook for good markets as soon e®
the fruit begins moving in volume.
Many of the shipments sent out early
in the season were far below the
usual Valley standard, it was stated,
and resulted in a slow market for
succeeding shipments. The past two
weeks shipments have slowed down,
and the markets are again demand
ing Valley fruit. •
Shipments from the Mission sec
tion. Mr. Melden estimated, would
be approximately the same as last
year, the h« avy increase to came
next year when large acreages in this
part of the Valley will come into
hearing. Practically the samo con
dition prevails in all other parts of
the Valley, it was said. The total
shipments this season, as estimated
by the exchange manager, will not
I exceed 1.700 cars.
Sizes this year are smaller than
usual, averaging 80’s and smaller.
All packing plants report this conci
tion, with the percentage of large
fruit less than last year. However,
there is an active demand for the
smaller bizes, especially in the large
market centers. Most of the fruit
is also cleaner than in former years,
indicating that spraying has been
more generally adopted and that
cultural methods, have improved.
Expert Superior t|uality
Though the fruit has matured very
| slowly, experienced growers predict
that when it attains its prime .t
will be superior in quality and fla
vor to any fruit the Valley has yet
produced. “The Valley fruit, which
begin t" move in heavy volume
in December, will be in strong de
mand on the northern markets,” was
the prediction of one of the most
experienced grower*. “I believe it
will be the finest flavored fruit the
Valley has ever produced, and the
mid-season shipment® will complete
ly eradicate the bad impression cre
ated by the shipment of poorly fla
vored fruit during the early part of
the season. I believe the bulk of
| the Valley shipments will prove a
very important factor in building up
out future markets, and we are go
ing to need these new markets for
the heavy production next year. It
is unfortunate that the early fruit,
which successfully passed the test
I prescribed bv law, did not bave the
standard Yniley flavor, hut the late
fruit will make up for any deficiency
of the early fruit in that respect.
According to estimates of shippers
here approximately f»o to ~.r> per cent
of the Duncan grapefruit, has hee:i ]
shipped, and the movement of Marsh
ha- been very light. The latter fruit
will he well matured early in De
cember, it was stated, and will start
moving in heavy volume the first
of the month. By that time practi
cally all Duncan fruit will be mar
keted. they predicted.
Pharr Kiwanis
Hear Rev. Joekel
(Special to The Herald\
PHARR, Nov. 17.— Rev. Samuel
Joekel of Austin, professor in the
University of Texas and tho Texas
Tres-hj terian Theological college
delivered the principal address at
the I’harr Kiwanis club on Thurs
day at tho regular weekly luncheon.
The subject of the address was ‘in
tangible Asset*.*’
The music for the occasion was
furnished by Mr. Wisenfelt of Chi
cago and Miss Ktapperick of McAl
It was announced by the president,
G. B. Fleming, that the election of
officers will be held at tho first
meeting of tho club in * December.
Every member is given a ballot and
ho returns it filled out complete.
The Boy Scout movement which the
Kiwanis club is sponsoring will givo
tho program next week and is in
charge of J. J. Maurer.
ST. l OliS. Mo.— Mrs. Louisa May
wa* reeled from her daughter’s wel
ding when she went to the bride
groom’s home without an invitation
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Development of Good
win Acreage West of
Mission Proceeding
MISSION, Nov. 17.—Planting of
citrus trees is now under way in
several parts of the Goodwin tract
west of Mission, where 23,000 acres
are being brought under develop
ment, the entire acreage t» be plant
ed to citrus fruit arid grapes, with
citrus fruit forming the major part
of the acreage. *
Work on the canal system to sup
ply the acreage is proceeding rap
idly. earthwork on the canals to
supply approximately 14,000 acres
being nearly completed. The major
part of this acreage will be sup
plied by the first two li'ts from
the river. Work on the distribu
tion system for the entire tract will
be completed as soon as possible.
Considerable concrete woik has
already been done on the main ca
nals, including that section between
the main reservoir and the second
lift pump. Most of this work has
been experimental to determine the
best types of lining. Concrete work
on the entire system will be -under
way as soon ns the canals are set
tled. assuring » solid foundation.
Relief that the district ultimately
will comprise approximately 30.01)0
acres is expressed by the develop
ers, and the pumping plants and
canals are being made “oversize” t'»
supply the additional acreage that
may be included. Several thousand
acres of very fertile land immediate
ly adjacent to the Goodwin acreage
can he irrigated without great ex
pense to the landowners, it is stat
ed, and the entire acreage is ex
pected to come under the system.
While the average lift of irriga
tion water will be approximately 90
feet, the cost of irrigation is ex
pected to be approximately the same
as in other Valley districts, and
cheaper than in several, owing to
the high efficiency of the system.
According to estimates of engineers,
the concrete system will assure that
H.i per cot t of the water diverted
from the Rio Grande will be ap
plied to beneficial use. as compared
to approximately 30 to 35 per cent
iii those irrigation districts in whilt
the cana!« have not hern lu fd and
I where the water loss from seepage
I is heavy. It is claimed the Good
win district, with its modern elec
' trically driven pumps ard complete
' concrete system, will be the most
! efficient in the South, if not in the
Inited Stntcs. It is estimated that
I the diversion front the river will
not exceed 1-1 inches per acre as
compared with approximately ”S
inches, the estimated average for
the Valley districts.
riantings on the tract started
last year. ard several hundred
acres have been set to citrus fruit.
This acreage was carried through
the summer months by tank irriga
tion. Tanks*nre still being used in
connection with planting., but it is
believed irrigation water will bo
available for practical)’ the entire
planted acreage in a few week*.
In addition to the citrus plant
ings. several nrres have been plant
ed to grapes, as an experiment. The
limestone formation underlying part
of the tract in very similar to that
in the most productive grape sec
tions of ( alifornia, it is stated, and
the developers are confident that
grapes will produce very prolifi
; rally. Experiments carric on in
the uniirigated section adjoining
have indicated the soil well adapt
! cd for this purpose.
Woman Proving
Good! Politician
At Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa. Nov. 17.—t^fi
—There are “practical politicians”
among women, and noteworthy of
these is Mrs. Louise M. Dodson, for
mer county recorder, who success
fully ran for office before women
could vote.
Because she knows politics Mrs.
Dodson was chosen head of the wo
men’s division of the Chicago offi.-e
of the national republican commit
In 190,1 while her husband was
campaigning for state’s attorney, he
died, leaving Mrs. Dodson with a
small son and an equally small es
tate. She had taught school in Penn
sylvania. but teaching offered no
attractions. Running for office Ini.
The county recorder’s office was
hers ton years. For several years
she has shown republican organiza
tions in middle-western states how
to get out the women's .vote.
HARLINGEN. Nov. 17. Extensions
e.n the two rural mail routes out
of llarlinen to accommodate per
son* living beyond the present
routes have been approved by the
postoffice department.
Alamo Plan Includes
Paving of Approxi
mately 33 Miles
ALAMO, Nov. 17.—Work on the
highway system for the Alamo road
district will get underway the first
of the year, according to present
plans. The $7.'»0,rt(U> bond issue, voted
several months ago. has not been
sold, due to the condition of the bond
market; hut it is the intention of-the
district to make the sale as soon as
the market improves. Bond buyers
-re predicting a stronger market in
I TWember.
Contracts for construction are ex
pected to he awarded at an early
date, it was stated, the work to start
as soon as the bonds are sold and
all legal requirements met.
Contracts fbr construction are ex
pected to he awarded at an early
date, it was stated, the work to start
as soon as the bonds arc sold and
all legal requirements met.
There will ho no change in the
original program, officials of the dis
trict state. The program includes
.'51 1-4 miles of asphalt topping, one
mile of concrete across the floodway.
8 miles of gravel, and the grading
and draining of ^11 rmf* roads. The
highways will he 17 feet in width.
One feature of the program is that
I all siphons at^d drain structures will
I be .’58 feet in width, and the highway
crown will be wider than the average
in order to permit tractors and other
j farm mrehinerv to run beside the
j pavement. Officials of the district
point out that much of the damage to
rural highways i« mused by tractors
and farm machinery, creating a
heavy maintenance cost, and this the
district believes can be eliminated
by providing wider structures and
Another feature wilt be concrete
intersections which will he of ample
! width to assure proper drainage,
1 structures to he placed at each intcr
i section to assure no interference
1 with the flow of drain waters.
“The Alamo district will have one
| of the mo«t complete road systems
in the United States." was the pre
I diction of C. II. Swellnw. one of the
leaders in promoting the highway
improvement program. “The district
is making every possible provision
| to assure maximum efficiency and
minimum maintenance cost. When
the system is completed every farmer
on the Alamo tract will have easy
access to markets, and these high
wavs will prove an important fartor
in the inten-'ive development of every
acre from the R-.e> Grande to the
north end of the tract.”
*... .. -- -
(Staff Writer. Central Pro*’)
NEW YORK, Nov. IT. What price
presidency ?
An early death!
This is one item which cannot,
i be found in tho most detailed ac
I counting of any campai -n. Yet it
is tho one tally that has marked tho
i fj.nal balance sheet of every presi
dency from George Washington’s
j down.
A perusal of the records show that
I tho average term of life left a man
when he is through with a presi
dency is but eight years!
And the average age at death is
68 years.
Which is some less the old span
of three score and ten! And con
siderably less than the increased
period of longevity, which science is
constantly extending.
Hut in spite of lh«* prolongation
of life in most professions, the I
span of tho ex-presidents' grows
For the term of life of the men
, holding the chief executive's office
j since. 1857 (the half-way j»oint since
the first inauguration) has been re
i duced to five years efter leaving
I office! And the average age at
death, since Huchanan's administra
tion, has been reduced to 62 years!
(Naturally, the record of William
H. Taft our only jiving ex-pres?
I dent, and that of Calvin t oolidgo,
I who retires next March, have been
I kept out of th» compilation.)
* * *
Whether it is the increased strain
of office that makes for this de
creased life is conjectural. Each
administration had its own prob
lems; and each weighs heavily on
1 the occupant of the White House.
\N ho is to .-ay that the cares that
confronted W ashington were any
less taxflig than those which w*or- i
ried Harding?
Statistics usually can be twisted
to -uit divergent views. Hut even
a glance at the figures under the
pictures above show’ that the presi
dency is no place for a man to lire
John Adams, sometimes called tTie
“unhappic-t president” (because he
felt that he wasn't wanted as chief
executive i lived 25 years after
leaving office. That is a record for
( hief Justice Taft and President
Coolidge to shoot after
And Thomas Jefferson, who re
main’d tho leader of his party' even
after leaving the White House, liv
ed to be 1*2! That is the oldest age
ever attained b.v any of our presi
dents. (Rut ho died almost penni
less. having retired from office with
some glory —and fZO.oot) debts.)
James A. Garfield died the young
est. He was only 4U when a«sas5tnat
ed in office. Others who nas«ed on
during their term of provide cy
were William Henry Harrison,
James K. Polk. Zachary Taylor,
Abraham Lincoln. William McKinley
and Warren G. Harding.
Woodrow Wilson became an in
valid while still in office. Ho lin
gered on for three >ears passing
on half a year after Harding, his
successor to the presidency, had
died while in office.
* • •
Some say there's a “jinx” on ex
presidents. Hut that f* derided by
those who point to smiling Justice
Taft. But he alone survives! Two
of his successors have gone on. But
soon Coolidge will stand with him —
on the pinnacle so hard to attain,
and still harder to retain for long.
Work Under Way On
Large Development
Near Mission

MISSION, Nov. 17.— Work on what
is believed the largest pipe distribu
tion irrigation system in the Rower
Rio (Jrande Valley is now under way
on a 600-acre tract belonging to John
Shary approximately three miles
northeast of Mission. The contract
was recently awarded to Campbell
A- Congden of Mission, and the cost
of the system will be approximately
Concrete pipe, ranging in sixe from
IK to ”1 inches, is being used, and
the plans include pipe distribution to
each ten-acre tract. The entire
acreage will he set to citrus fruit and
sold in ten-acre blocks. The tract is
supplied with irrigation water from
the third lift pump of the United Ir
rigation Company.
The system is being installed in
three units, each unit to supply ap
proximately ”0 of the 10-acre block*.
Water i* carried direct from the
canal through large pipes to the
tract, and pipe laterals carrie* it to
each block. It is the plan of the
developers to install complete Pipe
irrigation systems on each block a*
soon as the acreage is planted.
“PracticalIy every drop of water
entering this system will be applied
to beneficial use. and there will be
almost no wastage,” was the comment
of E. P. Congden, engineer and con
tractor. who is handling the pnijcct.
"The «v«tem will he complete in
every detail, assuring case <'f irri
gation and elimination of water wast
age and seepage.”
The tract under development is ap
proximately two miles north and
-vouth and approximately half a mile
in width. There will bo n<» loss of
acreage by the installation of the ir
rigation system. and practically
f very •re will be available for
olanting. “•
—- I
Peanut Rolling Fails to Quality as a Life Vocation
A one-art inter* iow w ith Ihr man
rolling the peanut.
Time: Thirty minute*.
Distance: Half a block.
Place: On highwa*. between Kio
Hondo and Harlingen.
Reason: Inknown.
Q. So you are going to roll that
pearut all the way to Harlingen'
A. Ye*, if my nose holds out
until I get there.
Q. Howr did you happen to make
sueh a bet?
A. 1 thought Smith would carry
A. Are you going to bet any
more when you get through?
A. No, | ant through with hot
ting. I here tieen ia a kneeling
position now long er«nigh to he
long to any church. I am poinr
to jom one and swear off.
,Q. Where are you from?
A. From Houston. Fm a pin -
terer. left there about two year*
Q. Po you train rretty much for
the peanut rolling?
A "ell, thej come for nt* about
five every afternoon, and 1 go
home and rub down with alcoho'.
after a bath, and go to bed.
Q. Is it hard to guide that rr«-‘
nut on the road?
A. No. it poes pretty well.
Q. So you’ve trained it?
A. Oh, ‘no, it just can’t move off
the track.
You are pettinr a tot of
publicity for yourself and Kio
Hondo out of this.
A. 1 don't enro ahoui publicity
for myself or Uio Hondo. I just
wart to pet thi* peanut rolled
eleven miles, and then quit for
Q. No ncanut rollinp exhibi
tions ary place else, eh?
A. No, this is t!io last
Q. Suppose the pe3nut eear'
out ?
A. It won’t. 1’rr careful with it.
Intermission, while photograph
er pets peanut roller to pose for
This way. just h little higher
that's it. hold the peanut to the
right—now. don't move, raise your
bat » trifle, hold tt, pul the righ‘
arm down, there, there, now; hark
a little, over this way, iteadv,
rijrht there.
And the peanut roller, whoM'
real name is Bill Williams of
Rio Hondo, had another picture
Then back to the weary job of
rollinc the peanut. Williams
waddled alone, like some water
animal out on land, with his knee
pads, made of sections of automo
bile castor. and his cloves flop
pine on the pavement. The pea
nut on the end of a two-foot wire
extension from his nose, cave
him much the appearance of a
huce insect of some kind, with
the antenna out in front feelinc
the way.
The crowds that stood around
‘he fir't day. when the take-off
made, are pone. Rut eseryon*
stops to look, and at times traf
fic is jammed a bit.
Q. Aren't you afraid some auto
mohile will hump you off?
A. No. they ran »ec me all ripht.
Q. Ye*-, but from a di'tanre
thev rar/t lell what you are.
A. I'm not afraid.
Q. Are vou going to do any
night work?
A. I think I can make it in the
day time.
Q. If you work at night will you
hang out fore and aft lights?
A. I said I am not going to
travel at night.
Q. What time d" you knock off
every day?
A. I told them to corn® for me
at five. They measure the distance
and drive up a stake. That'.*
where I start again next morning.
y. Suppose you finish before the
eleventh day
A. I won't get through too quirk.
CJ. Suppose you don't get
through by then?
A. I think I can make it.
Q. Will you declare time out if
you get. sick, or break a spoke?
Put. the peanut roller was be
coming wearied of questions, and
hardly answered.
He went lumbering on down the
road, pushing the peanut as «cr
iously a? if he were p!,vterrg a
wall. •
Williams is no youngster, ana
apparently he entered tho peanut
rolling ta k with full knowledge
ef it* extent. He picked a good,
solid pear.ut, and threaded it with
a piece of wire, so that the pea
nut rolls. This prevents it* wear
ing. he explained.
Then using this wire as a sort
of axle, he fastened two longer
wires to it, running these wires
up to his nose, and around his
head. At his nose he has the
wires wrapped with cloth, ar.d
they fit his nose something like
the bridge of spectacles.
He take* his lunch on the road,
eating a sandwich, and drinking
a bottle of soda water. He. has
many offers of cold drink* and
food from passersby, and the
spectators frequently are solicitous
of his welfare, he explained.
He goes to work punctually at
nine eTerv morning, and will he
on the job until the peanut hits
the city limits of Harlingen. H»
would nof <*av whether he would
celebrate then.
Mid-Winter Festival
Of Valley To Be In
New Setting; Gravel
Streets, Sidewalks
—The buzz has started again.
The hum of voices is mixing again
with the din of hammering, sawing,
plowing, chopping and grinding, a
the Valley Mid-Winter Fair of 1928
is being created.
A great gathering of apparently
disorganized groups, unconnected
workers and disjointed effort is the
impression which a visitor to the
grounds gets now.
But these loose ends are rapidly
being welded together, the different
partst being finished and coordinated
with the whole, ar.d the finished pro
duct will be presented to people of
the Lower Rio Grande Valley on No
vember 27, as the greatest spectacle
in the way of a hair which the Valley
has ever seen.
In New Setting
In many ways the Valley Fair of
1H28 will be different from those
which have gone before. Primarily
the setting will be different.
Persons who w-ill look for the old
landmarks - for the old delapidated
buildings. the narrow. ungraded
streets, the sidewalks of dust, and
the other things which the Fair
managers and promoters of the past
contended with, will look in vain.
The setting will not he the final
product which Fair heads expect.’to
produce in the near future. The
street paving will not be in, and
manv other improvement* which are
to he m.-de will be larking when
the huge doors swing open on No
vember 27.
Hut in every war it is different
from the Fair grounds of past years.
Gravel Streets. Sidewalk*
Wide streets, packed, and with
gravel on part of them, will stretch
down the center of the ground", and
around the entire enclosure, on the
inside of the wall. In the center
of the streets are esplanades, which
are to be beautified in time.
Sidewalks have bee* built.
The old buildings have been re
placed by new one*. The muncipial
auditorium stand* in the center of
the group, a credit to any fair
Near it is the main exhibit build
ing, with a stucco front, and with a
new. attractively finished interior.
The junk which formerly littered
the only available shaded, and cool
resting places, under the many
trees on the grounds, has been re
The entire 80-acre* ha* been «o
renovated and reworked that it pre
sent* a new. and greatly improved
appearance —a setting worthy of the
Fair that i« to he presinted to Val
iev People thi* rear.
While thi* work on the grounds is
continui^t-. the rush work of pre
paring for the actual Fair has been
The Rush I* Gn
Every department of the exposition
is beginning to hum with activity,
in a way that indicate* a greater fair
than has ever been presented before.
Community exhibit* will show tho
wealth of products ef the Lower Rio
Grande Valley, arranged in attractive
exhibit «pacea. This department ha*
undergone manv changes, which have
resulted in more than twice a* many
community exhibits as were ever
shown at a Vnlley fair in the past.
Practically every community in the
Valiev will be represented.
The rules for the community ex
hibit* are practically the same ns in
the past, except that each commun
itv has the same amount of *patc.
the space being given without charge.
The prizes for community exhibit*
are much larger than in the past, and
every community which enter* art
exhibit will receive a prize of at
least *20.
With n wider territory from which
to draw, the community exhibit sec
tion this fall will present a greater
wraith of Valley products, in a set
ting better than in the past. Special
lighting, ventilating and cooling »r
rar.gements have been " id«'. The
fruit sand vegetable* will be pie
serve by a special cooling system,
which will make the exhibits as at
tractive on the closing dav as they
i are at the opening of the Fair.
Show Comparison
> Around the community- exhibits a*
a nucleus w-ill he grouped disrlav*
iif many other kinds, showing the
product* of the Valiev in bulk ac
cording to variety.
The citrus show. under M. T.
Wiley of La Feria. is to have a better
display space, more room, and the
Valley’s products are to be shown m
comparison with exhibits from Cali
fornia and Florida, which is an in
novation in the Fair here.
The flower show- is being arranged
by a tyoup of Valiev women to rep
resent a veritable “Garden of Eden.’
and this department of the fair wt”„
attract more attention than ever in
the past, as it will be more promi
nently displayed.
In the vegetable and horticultural
«how, th* hoys* club work, girl*'
club work, women’s ge’eral depart
ment, home demonstration work,
special art show, and *rhoo! exhib
its the fair will excel its display*
of the past.
Finishing Display Space*
Th finishing touches to tho dt*
J play spaces for the«o exhibits at**
being added now. and they will all
bo in place by tho opening of the
exhibition. They will show careful
work on the Part of the pick of
what the Valley ha*.
There is no nuestion hut that the
exhibits of Valley product wi'I
rival those of almost any other fair
In the state, said John T. Floor",
manager of the fair. This is true
because the Valiev ' as such a wealth
of products to display, and because
we have received the cooperation of
such a largo number of Valley resi
dent*. in every section of the k a;
lev. he continued
The exhibits will include man”
• pecial attraction*, such as the gar
den which ha* hern planted by «
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