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Myths of the Desert. There is no portion of the world of which more grotesque stories have been toM than of the Colorado desert, and Of all the myths none has gained i stronger hold on the people than that there la here to be seen the "phantom ship." •I have actually been <>n the decs ( .r the 'phantom ihlp,' " *aid an M|( i prospector recently, and his hearers smiled blandly. 11 seemed t<> offend lln' Old man. and In- jumped up ami declared thai he iroold Hive those :it absolute proof thai he spoke the truth. They called for 1 1 1 < • proof, ami ii« held aloft his walking stick, a heavy piece of wood. •There." said lie. "is a stick Which 1 cut with my own hands from the deck of the old ship." ami he looked proudly on hll possession. ■Now." ln« added, •you have post tivc proof thai the old vessel is on the dea< it. jnH, us it has been described." i. too. hare seen thai phantom ship of which the world has heard so much, and an i write it is to i»f seen on the horizon, hut as a mutter of fait the fatuous hli ip in a mountain Which Is continually undergoing » transforms i ion i,r sk\ line, and there are Pei» people who would really for a moment take ii for a ship. This mountain, which has Long been Known as the phantom ship. Is In re attty as mysterious a« it would be were It realty I phantom. It has triple peaks, and is really situated down on the peninsula of lower California, » hundred miles or more from hero, nnd Its true name Is the Black Buttes. ,\t sunrise in the southeasi at that particular point there is nothing to break the horiSOn, hut an hour or two later the mirage, which is always V.Otklng wonders here, lifts those thi.e p«tkl above the horizon, and nt some times they appear like hlffh mountains, even from this distance, but they never continue In the same form. 1 saw them a few mornings since, when they threw what appeared to he very tall Bag poles from each of the summits, these poles being of the symmetrical form we are accus tomed to associate with Dag poles, and It may have been these mast llk«> projections wrought by the mirage which Hist gftVe the idea of a ship to those who saw the mountain. The poles did not remain In view but about an hour when thoy gave way to a fort like formation, and this In turn changed to the appearance of a I riple t urretcd monitor. 1 have seen the Hlnck ButteS ;it other times when they threw out meat extensions, like monster guns pro Jeoting from a fortress, ami i cannoi rerall that tie mountain ever took on the same outline at two separate times To the southwest of imperial there Rre the Superstition mountains, and while these ;"'e of the same apparent outline at all times, thej are contln us y changing color, and in tins re sped are a.tnost as great a problem ;-s the Black Buttes. In a lesser degree. Pilot Knob to the east, the I'huekawalla mountains to the north and the San JadntO mountains to the northwest. are changing form ami color continually. If on,- looks at Ihe tloor of the dcs crt itself, he is liable to be greatly pussled at times if he is not familiar with the country, for everywhere his eve is likely to real on water the product of the mirage, but water which is not of use in irrigating the BOil. A gentleman who had been at Im perial but a few hours was startled t heat the dinner bell ring. Rising suddenly, lie exclaimed : • "Is that IMPERIAL PRKSS nitlh tin- dinner bell, or Is it a Another person who is given to borrowing trouble has raised the question, What will happen when a county Boat is established where now is the desert? He declares that a lawyer will ask a witness what he saw and the judge will rule the ques tion out on the ground that no one here ever sees things as they are. — Imperial correspondent of I/oh Angeles Herald. Salt River Valley Melons. The Rocky Ford melon, a product of the Salt River Valley, in Arizona, found ho much favor in the Kiust last season that fanners have gOne into the industry with Vigor this season and carloads of the cantaloupes will be shipped hh far east as New York this year. The railing of cantaloupes has been found very lucrative and dealers are very much encouraged over some feats of shipping. For instance, a consignment of melons consigned to Lifer pool, reached Liverpool and the fruit, which was in a most satisfactory condition commanded almost fabulous Agtires at a retail store. This was used as an Illustration of the possi bilities of tills JTOUng industry, show ing that the field for marketing the product is almost unlimited, hast season perhaps not more than three Carloads of melons were shipped from Ari/.ouu. It is estimated that at least tlfteeii carloads will reach Chicago and other points east this season. Califor nia Fruit World. "BUY OF THE MAKER." 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