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Proposed Irrigation I aw.
A dlnpntth from Wnnbln«ton, I>. C, dated December 25, given nn ontllno of th« new proposed National Irriga tion law, One peculiar feature of tho law In that It reCOgnltM n water right - i\ UtltiK Which Jii<lk<* B. M. Uokm of tho United States District Court for Bouthorn California decided did not oi Ist Seventeen inomborH of Congress, funning a ComtnlttOG appointed by the mem bora from arid and semi -at Id Btatei to draft a bill providing for national nld t<> Irrigation, have practically completed their work. The committee bill will be Introduced In tho Senate by Senator I-\ B. Warren of Wyoming, and In tho Houso by K. 11. Nowlauda of Novadu. Tho bill provides that all mowy* re ceived from tho tale and disposal of public Ijuklh In Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kantian, Montana. Nc bnuika, Nevada, Now Mexico, Nortn Dakota. Oklahoma, Oregon. South Da kota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, beginning with tho lineal year ondlng Juno 30, 1902, excepting moneys net aaldo by law for educatonal purposes, shall bo used uh a special fund for the examination, survey, construction, and maintenance of irrigation works for the storage, diversion and development of waters for tho reclamation of aria lands. Secretary of Interior to Control. The secretary of the Interior la au thorized to examlno and survey res ervoir and tunnel sites, for diversion of water and Irrigation canals con nected therewith, and artesian wull sites, and to require reports and e« llmales of the coat of construction; quantity and location of public land which can bo Irrigated therefrom, a* well as to all facts relative to the practicability of each enterprise. Tho secretary may in bis discretion withdraw from or restore to public entry tho lands ro<iuirod for such Irri gation works, and agricultural lands which it 1h proposed to Irrigate by moans of any contemplated works may bo with drawn from entry oxcept un der tho homestead act. When a reservoir project is deemed practicable the secretary shall cause to be let, upon propor notice, contracts for construction, in whole or in part. payments to be made out of the re clamation fund, but no contract shall be lot whoro tho estimates of the on ginoors show that the cost of the en terprise dlvldod among tho acres 10 be Irrigated will exceed $10 an aero, and no such contract shall be let until tho necessary funds are available. It Im provided, further, that In all con struction work eight hours shall con stitute a day's work, and no Asiatic labor shall bo employed thereon. Lands for Homestead Entries. Upon the completion of such irriga tion project tho land to bo Irrigated thereby shall be subject to homestead entry after notice by the secretary of the Interior, upon tho condition of re clamation In addition to the require* inents of the homestead act, and the entry man, on tho making of final proof of settlement and reclamation,; shall pay to tho government the sum of $f> an aero, to bo converted into tin reclamation fund, and each ontryman shall bo limited to the entry and st>t lomont of not exceeding sixty ncres. Tho secretary of the Interior In au thorized to use tho reclamation fund for the operation and maintenance of all reservoirs and Irrigation works provided for In this act. When tho payments provided for In this art aro made upon tho major por tion of tho Irrigable lands of any sys tom of resorvolr and Irrigation works, then tho management and operation or, but not tho title to, all tho Irrigation works excepting reservoirs, and tho works necessary for their protection and operation shall pans to the owners of tho land Irrigated thoroby, to bo maintained at tholr expense under such form of organization and such ruloa and reflations ns tuny bo acreptablo to t.io secretary of tho Interior. All reservoirs, and tho works neces sary for tholr protection nnd operation, constructed under this act. are to bo operated and maintained by the gov IMI'RKIAL CANAL AT TUB CHAt'FKY CAMI* O* THIS INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY LINE. eminent an public works, until other; wise provided by congress, and It is provided further that the right to the use of water acquired under the pro visions of this act shall be perpetual ond beneficial u»o shall bo the basis, measure and the limit of the right. Water Rights May Be Sold. In case the water thuK provided Bhal! bo more than sufficient for the reclamation of the Irrigable public lands proposed to he irrigated by eacn project, or If the a*»cretary of the In terior determines that land in private ownership Is bettor suited for the util ization of the waters, or if there is a sufficiency for both, then perpetual water rights for such private lands may bo sold upon such terms and at such price, not lors than $5 per acre, as may bo determined by the secretary of the Interior, but no water right shall l»o granted or sold for an amount exceeding eighty acres to any one land owner. If. In carrying out the provisions of this act It becomes necessary to ac quire any rights or property, the sec retary of the Interior is authorized to acquire the same for the United States by purchase or by condemnation, mak ing payment from the reclamation fund. Nothing In this act shall be con- Btrued as affecting or in any way In terfering with the laws of any state or territory relating to rlphts to the appropriation of water, or Its distri bution for Irrigation, but slate and territorial laws shall govern and con trol as to right of appropriation and as to tho distribution of water ren dered available; provided that bene ficial use phall be the basis and the measure and limit of the right to use such water. Telephone System Sold. A deal has Just boon consummated whereby I. W. Gleason and C. R. John of this city and A. Q. Walin. manager of the Woodlll Hulso Electric Company of Los Angeles, havo become the own ers of the Imperial Telephone Com pany. This lino gives the Imperial country connection with the outside world, covering about fifty miles of territory and connecting the towns of Iris, Flowing Wells, Imperial. Por- Inga and Caloxlco. Then? are already a number of private 'phonos In use and tho line Is extensively used for lons distance messages a.s they can b«* transferred at Iris, on the Southern Pacific station, to the Western I'nlon Tolograph Company's lines. Tho consideration In the deal has not been made public, but rt Is under stood it takes five figures to express tho amount in dollars, and the pur chasers claim that tho line 1h already paying n fair Interest on fho Invest ment. It Is proposed to further ex tend and improve tho system and Rive tho best possible service to tho patrons of tho lino. Tho town of Imperial ha« been start ed In good stylo. There Is a hotol, a postofllro. a general merchandise store. a livery stable, a printing office, where tho Imperial Proas— a 12-page pnper. With four columns to tho page — Is prlntod. n church with a pnrsonag** — n regular little whlto Now England IMI'IMUAI, PKKSS rhurch with a splro; and the Firm National Hank of Imperial has beeu organized and has already started In business. The various enterprises in the now country are In a promising condition, nnd the country growing rapidly, and those familiar with that section believe that the confidence Messrs. Gleason, John & Walin are showing in a practi cal way by putting their capital In the Imperial Telephone Company, will be rewarded.— Riverside Press. Toying With Beet Sugar. The Imperial Colony out on the Coloraao desert, which from all re ports is growing with much rapidity in population and Importance, Is now toying with the proposition of at tempting sugar beet culture. It is thought that the soil and conditions li For $£ 11l Homeseekers f! : *>q or d* If Settlers js t Rates \l h Write or ask p Any Agent of the $jj | Southern l\ I Pacific I ih fa *$ Finest, Fastest Trains it ?d Best Equipment X£ \\ In the World \\ <*trtC|C|C|CtCtrjfiririctrtC|Cirif|C|CiririCtrK'tCirictrtriC|C|riririr generally of that section are favor able, and according to the Imperial Press, Major Drlfnil of Oxnard, Is ex pected down there shortly to investi gate the situation from the stand point of an expert in the business.— Ventura Democrat. When the erection of sugar beet factories is commenced in the Im perial Settlements, the magnitude of the work will extend beyond the lim its of toy business. "If you woke up suddenly In the night and found yourself in the den of a man-etalng tiger, what would you do?" "I'd promise myself to quit drink ing." — Cleveland Plain Dealer. The beet is today producing 60 per cent, of the world's sugar. 9