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the irrigation systems of California; and in forming the system for the Im perial Settlements they have sought to make the very best system possible from a water user's point of view, for if the water users are satisfied the system will be a success, and if they are not satisfied it will be a failure. Experts who have examined this system pronounce it the very best that could be formed, and this is the conclusion that all reach who have given the matter careful study so as to understand the program as out lined. Now there are several Mutual Water Companies — each named Im perial Water Company but each Com pany is numbered. At present theie numbers run from 1 to 6, but each company is a duplicate of each other and a stockholder in No. 1 has noth ing to do with No. 2 or any other number. Hence this multiplicity of Mutual Companies cuts no figure but makes matters more simple; for if a person sells out in one locality, under No. 1, for instance, and purchases again in another locality under No. 6 for instance, he knows that the sys tem is absolutely the same and he has nothing new to learn as regards his water system, only he applies to an other zanjero for water. A Valuable Addition. Andrew Davis will leave next Mon day with his teams for Imperial, San Diego county, where he has bought 160 acres of land with water rights. He will take two men with him to help in improving the land this winter. Mr. Davis is a living example of the practical California rancher. He settled a few years ago on a tract of swamp land south of this city, where nothing but tulles had before grown. It was expected that he would starve to death for the support he would re ceive on such land, but Mr. Davis dem onstrated the fact that the soil of that swamp land was exceedingly rich ana for the growing of small fruits and vegetables he cannot be excelled. It is understood that Mr. Davis has cleared as high as $1500 in cash in a single season from the product of about 20 acres besides what he used for his own table. It is a compliment to Imperial that Mr. Davis has decided to farm 160 acres of land here. He will come as near getting the limit out of it as any one. — San Bernardino Times-In dex. Pushing Business at Imperial. The safe of the First National Bank of Imperial was received here this week. Cashier Leroy Holt states that the bank will be open for business in probably two weeks, occupying tem porary quarters. A substantial bank building will be erected this winter. A number of substantial business blocks will be built in Imperial within the next few months. Among which will be a brick block by the Imperial Mercantile Company, and one by Oak ley-Paulin Company. A business house by George Varney of Hollister, who will move a stock of goods here, and also a business 'house by W. B. Broadwell, who expects to bring a $25,000 stock of general merchandise from Covina. Plans are now maturing for the beginning of work on all ot the aoove buildings, while, of course, many others will follow suit. — Imperial Correspondent of Los Angeles Times. Consolidation does not seem to pos sess an agricultural predilection. The census of 1900 shows that the total number of farms in the country has increased in ten years from 4,500,000 of 5,700,000, an increase of more than 20 per cent. The number of farms workcvl by the owners has increased 500,000, or 18 per cent. Tenant farm ers have increased about 40 per cent., chiefly in the east, where farmers have gone to town to live at their ease and rented their farms to ten ants. Still there are a great many farms that are too large for their own ers and should be subdivided). This is particularly the case in the south, where the idea has always prevailed that a farmer should own not only thei land he cultivated, but a much larger area outside his fence on all four sides, and the more of this out pide land he paid taxes on the better. This policy, however, is waning, and in many places practically all the IMPERIAL PRESS land, is under fence, though only half of it may be cultivated. There is room for more division of farms and' more self-sustaining farm homes, and more independent farmers. — Arizona Republican. Party From Chula Vista. Our former neighbor G. W. Nichols has s:one again to the New ,River country, but did not take his family, having first to have the house, etc., ready. Mr. Morrison, the manager of the Mathes place, since Mr. Nichols quit, has returned from his trip to Imperial, which was satisfactory to himself and wife and the son and daughter of Mr. Mathes who were with him. They went by way of Campo and Jacumba, but returned by way of Julian which is the better road of the two at present. They were on the road four and a half days. — National City Record. A census bulletin just issued on ag riculture in Delaware discloses the in teresting fact that in the last decade nearly half the peach orchards in that State have been destroyed. Over 4,500, 000 peach trees were reported in 1890 and only a little over 2,400,000 in 1900. The yellows and other diseases have proved a serious setback to the in dustry. The tomato crop now far ex ceeds the peach crop in value; 4,622 farms almost 16,000 acres, are devoted exclusively to the raising of toma toes, and the annual yield is over 2 - 300,000 bushels. 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