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SUGAR CANE THRIVES It is not generally known that m.ii lUue lakr. about right miles from Ini periali there is a small patch of ribbon .me. the regular sugar cane, and it in .t n be rather surprising to most peo ple tO hear that this cane has gone through the frosts of the last two months without damage. Main person* familiar with sugar Cane have predicted that the Imperial valley would \it tind in sugar cant one of its most profitable products, mu that would produce from *lm per year to the acre upward, and it is interest ing tO know that a thorough test is tO be made this year. A short time since K. Mitchell, foreman of a sugar plan* tatiou in one of the Hawaiian islands. visited his brother, Hem v Mitchell* at Imperial, and stcured a piece of land here. He wan convinced that the val ley would be a fine sugar cane country, and he will ship to his brother from the islands about 100 pounds of cut tings with which to test the soil. Bugar cane is propagated from cut tings, each joint, when buried, pro ducing sprouts. Absence of hot weather Ofl the islands makes slow growth of cane, which takes eighteen months to mature there. In the Southern States, however, it matures in eight months, and it is believed that it will require no longer time here, the long hot period being conducive to the best results in growing cane. One of the advantages which this valley is expected to develop over the usual tropical country is the absence of rains. Where rains are abundant there is a tendency for the wet leaves to cling about the stalks, causing de cay, and a vast amount of labor is ex pended in keeping the leaves cut from the stalks. ln this country it is thought there will he no occasion for this, and the SXpeUM of growing cane will be greatly lessened. If sugar cane can be successfully grown on the SCMUKM) acres being brought under irrigation in the Impe rial valley it is not necessary to look for other cultures, for the growing de mand for sugar in the United States and the limited area of land suitable for cane insures an abundant market at .i good price for all the cane that can be produced, Returning to Olden Corn "Therefore <Jod give theeof the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine." Genesis 27, 28. "And all countries came into Bgypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands." -Genesis 41. 57. "Israel then shall dwell in safety alone the fountain Ol Jacob shall be Upon a land Of COm and wine." Pen tcronomy 33i 2S. "Until I Come and take you away to a land like your own, a laud of corn and wine, a land of bread and viue vards." Isaiah 36, 1". "And he said, Behold, I have heard tint there is corn m Kgypt.'" Genesis "Hut when Jacob heard that there was corn in Kgypt. he sent out our lathers first.* 1 Acts 7, 12. "The pastures Sre clothed with docks; the valleys are also covered over with corn; they shout for joy, the) also sing." Psalms 6s, 13, Not Ollly the Bible, but every historj Of the ancient world tells of the corn of Ggypt, and we who are WOtlt to think of Indian COm BS the sole bearer of the name corn are sometimes brought up Midilenlv by the hold which the corn >■! Kgvpt is taking in America in these later days. Bo f ai as uearly or quite one half of the area of the United Btates is concerned, it seems altogether probable that Egyptian corn, Jerusalem corn oi some of the IMPERIAL PRESS related varieties of corns known in Biblical lands have greater food-pro ducing power than the grain to which Americans are accustomed to allude when they speak of corn. There are souk- of these varieties of corn, which, in countries like the Im perial valley, produce from two to three crops of grain In a single year, besides affording an almost incredible amount of fodder feed, while each crop is almost or quite equal to the single Crop of Indian corn usually grown, both in Weight of grain and fodder value. They go on producing year after year, new crops springing from the roots of the old, until the productive power of the land reaches a point which the fanner in colder coun tries can scarce realize. As yet Americans are not accus iMined to these old varieties of stock feed, and they certainly have not yet ootne to a realisation of the food pro* perties of these grains for man. But those who have eaten of Egyptian and Jerusalem corn bread are agreed that it is palatable and wholesome, and that in the hands of Americans these grains have the possibility of being developed into inviting food proper ties. Hut even limited to the present use of these graillS for stock feed in warm countries where they thrive best they add immensely to the possibili ties of agriculture. Another Skeleton Found One more skeleton has been found near Imperial, making the third within a year. In this case, as in the two former ones, it is impossible to state whether the bones are those of Indian or of a white man, nothing being found near any of the skeletons from which they could be even remotely identi fied. It is true that some broken pot tery was found near the latest skele ton, as near one of the others, but the Indians have so widely scattered their pottery over the valley that this may have no significance. Last Saturday two of the Kehkoph brothers were driving in from the Carter river and passed under the bluff of Mcsquite lake, where they discov ered several pieces of human bones,in cluding the skull in fragments. They could find no teeth nor any remnants Of Clothing or other articles, it being apparent that the bones had lain upon the ground for many years. The low ground on which the remains were found was just such a place as a per son sn tiding for water would have resorted to in the hope of digging to a supply of water. It is by no means probable that the last find of human bones has been made in the valley, long known as the most terrible of American deserts, be cause of the absence of water. Irri gation is making a wonderful change in the valley, but the half million acres to be brought under cultivation will from time to time reveal the evi dences of awful tragedies in the past, when one could wander for scores of miles about the country without see ing a drop of water. The vast amount of broken pottery scattered everywhere over the valley is sufficient evidence that for years the Cocopah Indians have frequented the desert, but knowing the country per fectly they have not met the misfor tunes which white men have exper ienced here. Yet there have undoubt edly been many deaths from various causes among the Indiana on the des ert, and their bones will be found from time to time. Whenever human remain* are dis- COVCred by any one of thi- citizens of the valley it would be best to make a thorough exploration of the Immediate vicinity, that any evidence of the identity of the remains might also be acquired. I Kmkhoff'Cuzmr I | mill & Lumber (£, $ WHOLESALED I I I [Wl RC D D °g L B ,?,DS 8 "' # A RETAIL DEALERS IN LUIVIDUri ... MILL WORK £ © Ban rE D°o. w T MOLEBAL Main Of ice Cor. Alaiiieda & Macy Sts # LOS ANQELES. MAIN OFFICE CP A POMONA. PASADENA. . _^_ *-. _ . _ o A.i f^ LAMANDA. A2UBA. COVINA. LOS MIN V=i L CO, V/AL. 0 ■ # I 1 - 1 Coming this way? I Ifc 11 1 11 1 1 ij then you are interested S5 lili+S knowing bow to reach | j I '"' Imperial Settlement, | i New River Country! W. Take the S. P. train f | to Flowing We 115.... | |j^ At this point you get first class accommodations at the McCAUL- "jj |jS LEY HOUSE. G. W. McCaulley, the proprietor, runs a regular stage line from that place to Imperial, leaving Flowing Wells at &j£ 5 5 7:30 a. m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, returning the follow- »*< |g ing days. m£ IK Special teams and rigs are also kept in readiness for any other day, /I* 1^ and will take you to any part of the country. * C iS The only direct route to the Carriso Creek oil fields west of Flowing £j£ £9 Wells. This stage line is equipped with rigs and teams that are B%£ £*j unexcelled. , B^i IIP! Oats, Barley, Wheat, Alfalfa, Millet, f j ■rJ\sUt Clean, reliable stock. Send for . tff]S& SPECIAL QUANTITY PRICES *$0i 'ns£l a Everything in the way of *.*.?•£. .pIpS! Seeds, Plants and Bulbs *^M ' i^ISL Also a complete stock of Poultry and Bee (fen V^/wK\ Supplies. Write for Catalogue. *^V"« fllll GERMAIN SEED & PLANT CO., Los Angeles, Cal $N* General FREIGHTING for THE PUBLIC Bpeciftl attention paid to goods shipped in by settlers. Apply to 11. WWII. Imperial. Cal. Take your business in the U.S. Land Office TO A. E. DODSON, Filings. Contests. Final Proof, etc !u<si of references. Terms moderate. 907 fourth St.. S\\ Pit oo. CAL. Hoy ntid Grain At Diamond Lake. Many people driving in from the west bring stock feed further than necessary, not knowing that they can get a supply at Diamond Lake, on the ranch of Arthur Ewens. This is the first feeding and watering station on the plains after leaving the mountains on either the Julian or Campo road, being at the junction of the two roads; 26 miles from Carriso Creek, 15 miles from Coyote Wells, 12 miles from Imperial and 13 miles from Calexico. BLACKSMITH and WAGON WORK A. W. Patton, Imperial Wanted to Buy The undersigned wishes to buy 80 or 160 acres of the early tilings near Im- perial. Must be a bargain. J. H. HAYDKX, 614 east ,23rd street, Los Angeles, Cal.