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VOl. I. UNPRECEDENTED IMPERIAL DEVELOP MENT. LAND AND WATER RIGHTS IN DEMAND — LOOK ING FORWARD TO A NEW COUNTY IN J903 OR 1905— IMPERIAL TO BE THE COUNTY SEAT AND THE METROPOLIS OF THE IMPERIAL SETTLEMENTS. RAPID ADVANCE IN REAL ESTATE PRICES. Lauds in the Imperial Settlements are now being taken from the govern ment and provided with water rights at tho rate of 10,000 acres per month — 120.000 acres per year — and the de mand is on the increase. This land Ih not bong taken, as a rule, for spec ulative purposes, but for actual im provement and settlement. COLORADO RIVER AT YOMA, SHOWINO WATER BCPPLY SEVEN' MILES AMOVE THE INTAKE OV THE IMPERIAL CANAL. SYSTEM. People are moving in from nil parts of Southern California and outside lo calities with their families and goods to occupy their lands. There Is probably, at present, a population of 1500 people in tho east ern end of San Diego county. Includ ing tho mining communities near the Colorado River. At the present rate of growth, this Imperial end of San Diego county will have a population of more than 5000 before January 1. 1903, and this would entitle tho people of this sec tion to havo n new county formed. If tho requisite number of people uro not here by January 1. 1003, bo that tho Legislature that meets that month can authorize tho formntlon of n new county at that time, there will bo tho requisite number here two yeurs later — January 1, 1305. when Buch now county can bo formed. "Water is King— Here is its Kingdom." IMPERIAL, CAL, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1901. With a population of 5000 in this (to be) Imperial County, the county scat, which in nil probability will be Imperial, will have a population of not less than 1000. Five years later, this new county wll have a population of 25,000 and the town of Imperial not Ichh than 5000 people. These are conservative estimates, and if the present growth continues — and there is no reason why it should not — these estimates will be more than doubled within the time speci fied. Look at the counties of California and compare the population of the counties with their county seats and sco if these estimates are not more than conservative. Before Imperial reaches a popula tion of 1000 the town will have bo come a city and will have grown be yond the present boundaries of one milt* square. This rapid development will bo has tened by several very important con alterations: First — Tho land is cheap as a start er — tho uniform prico paid tho gov ernment being only $1.25 per ucro. Second— Tho water right is tho most abundant that can bo found In AND FARMER arid America, and the HyaU-m for itH delivery and distribution Ik ftimplc and very satisfactory to the people at large. Third — The water right In cheap. No such water right can be had any where in California at any such price — the amount of water guaranteed, the reliability of the supply, the sim plicity of the system and the price of water being taken Into consideration. r'ourth— The fertility of the soil and the wide, range of profitable prod ucts are unequaled in any other local ity. Fifth — The certainty of early and satisfactory railroad facilities to en able the ranchers to market their crops is now beyond dispute. These considerations will rapidly bring the land under cultivation, and i the current values of land and water in vogue during the past year and at the present time, when compared with the prices that must prevail when such lands are brought under successful cultivation, furnish a mar gin of profit so great that the rush to secure some of the land is today with out parallel in the history of the State; and this rapid settlement pro duces still more rapid advance in prices and the more rapid advance in prices creates a still greater desire in the minds of the people looking for homes or investments to secure some of those lands without unnecessary do lay. It is no wonder that under these conditions there should be a demand for smaller tracts of land in the vicin ity of the growing towns. Of course, all tho government lands in tho vi cinity of Imperial wero taken up months ago. and tho prices have ad vanned from the original low price to a higher, but Btlll a low price when the future poHHlbllitkß are taken Into consideration. To meet the demand for nmailcr trnotH, the Imperial Land Company haH subdivided a very choice tract of land to the west and north of Im perial adjoining the town plat within a half mile of the business center. Into ten-acre villa lots, and this sub (liviKlon Ih to be known as Imperial Subdivision No. 1. This subdivision is made to con form as nearly as possible with the town plat of Imperial so that as the town or city Is extended over this ter ritory, the additions may be uniform in character of lots and blocks with the original town plat of one mile square. As stated above. Imperial is to be- come a city of some importance. It will be the business center of about 500.000 acres of irrigated and culti vated land in this State, to say noth ing of 300,000 acres more across the line in Lower California. This irrigated land in this State will, when fully developed, support a population of from 100.000 to 150,000 people. Such a population will make necessary one city of 20,000 people or more, to say nothing of the other smaller cities and towns. Lief ore Imperial reaches a popula tion of 5000 this entire Imperial Villa Tract will have been subdivided and annexed to the residence portion of th© (then) city. Acre property between New River on the west and Carter River on the east must of necessity go from fifty to (Continued on page four.) No. 35.