RAILROAD SftMS ACtRTAINTY
So far as newspaper reports are con
cerned, it is rather unfortunate that
as yet the inside facts. s>. far a> ob
tainable, are not ready for publication,
and the general public must take on
faith, to a great degree, the statement
that there is an almost certainty that
surveyors will be at work OU the line
from the Southern Pacific to Calexico
within a week or two. and that graders
will be set to work within about thirty
days, with a prospect that the road
will be completed before the heat of
summer sets in.
There is no doubt that before the
end of March there will be a definite
announcement of the policy to be fol
lowed and the order in which the work
is to be done.
Any amount of room exists for
speculation regarding the railroad
combinations which are being formed
and which may have their bearing on
Imperial. One of these rumors is to
the effect that Senator Clark of the
Salt Lake road is in alliance with
George Gould, and that the latter is
the power behind the Rock Island road,
now reaching out from El Paso toward
the coast, as well as behind the Burl
ington, which is expected to connect
with Senator Clark's road at Salt
Lake. These rumors would bear out
the belief that the Gould system of
roads is to have a route to offset the
Central Pacific as well as the Southern
Pacific, and if Senator Clark is work
ing with Gould on the Salt Lake route,
it miirht be imagined that he would
also work with him on the El Paso
route. This might lead to a road from
Imperial to Los Angeles, or might
have some relationship to the San
Diego-Eastern project. All this is
simply speculation, and the outsiders
can simply bide their time until the
plans of the magnates are gradually
It now appears that the engineers at
work on the survey for the San Diego-
Eastern railroad are not coming down
Carriso creek to the desert, but are
planning a tunnel to give exit from
the canyon to a point some miles to
the south. Should this line be followed
it will throw the point of exit from the
mountains several miles south of west
of Imperial, making it less probable
that the road will pass through the
town, unless the promoters of the
road should consider it worth their
while to deflect from their course for
the sake of taking in the heart of the
Imperial country. The San Diego
"Two of the members of the San
Diego-Eastern railroad committee re
turned to San Diego last evening from
a trip over the line of the survey as
far as Dos Cabesas. They return more
than satisfied with the trip, despite
the fact that a great deal of it was
made under trying circumstances,
there being much rain and high winds
to contend with. The particular cause
of their pleasure is to be found in the
fact that they are able to report that
Engineer Richards will be able to give
them a located line of road from here
to Yuma. on which the maximum gra
dient will be 75 feet to the mile.
"That is an announcement that is
much better than any before made, for
the former statements have been that
the gradient unit would be only 75 feet
to the mile. That might have meant
that in one or two places the gradient
would be over 75 per cent where for a
short distance a uusher engine or a
helper engine would be used. It is
now announced that the maximum
grade will be 75 feet to the mile, and
that nowhere on the line of the road
over the mountains will a pusher en
gine be required.
••It has been thought that the hard
work of the engineer was to be to gel
down off the mountains on the other
side of the divide onto the desert, but
it is now stated that nothing will be
found harder at that end of the line
than has been found between here and
Jacumba. Many railroad men and
some engineers have said that it would
be impossible to get a line down from
the mountains onto the desert, but
Engineer Richards is preparing to
show them a profile before many weeks
which will not only indicate the falsity
of their position, but will show that
the line of the San Diego-Eastern road
will be blessed with lighter grades
and shorter distances than any other
possible line to the Pacific ocean.
"George W. Marston and Judge
Booue, the two members of the com
mittee who returned to the city, showed
last evening when they arrived that
they had been on a trip, and that the
trip had been a hard one. The latter
part of the trip was possibly a little
harder than the rest, for they had
driven from camp at Dos Cabesas in
" 'We had a trip that we will not
forget,' said Judge Boone in conversa
tion last in^ht with some of the other
members of the committee.
"Mr. Boone slopped in the descrip
tion of the trip and of the night in
camp to draw a rough sketch of the
country from Jacumba, and to point
out the way in which Mr. Richards
has found an easy route to the desert
without an excessive grade anywhere,
and even shorter than the route by
Carriso creek which it was expected to
take and which would have been longer
and harder than the one which has
"The Carriso creek has its source in
the mountains not far from the Ja
cumba valley, and when running Hows
in a northerly direction for a dozen
miles or more until it turns eastward
through what is best known as the
Carriso creek canyon to the desert.
The line of the survey leaves Jacumba
valley along the line of the creek fol
lowing it for six or eight miles and
then turns to the right where a tunnel
of 2,300 or 2,400 feet will let the road
through the east wall of the canyon
into the head of the wash in which
Dos Cabesas is located. This wash is
practically an arm of the desert reach
ing some score or more of miles up
into the side of the mountains and it
furnishes a good grade all the way
down to the level of the desert proper.
"Thus it is that the line does not go
as far north by five or six miles as it
would to get into Carriso creek canyon
proper and it will get down onto the
deseit by a much easier and more
gradual grade than it could through
that canyon. It is those reasons which
caused the smiles on the faces of the
committeemen despite the hard trip
through which they had passed."
The survey will be at once contin
ued through to Yuma.
SET THINGS BOOMING
The last weekly report of the De
partment of Agriculture issued by
George E. Franklin, local forecast of
ficial at Los Angeles, tells of great
improvement in crops, making so in
teresting a showing that it is given in
General, well distributed and copious
rains during the past week have
changed the conditions of farming
affairs materially. The tone of this
week's reports indicates a very hope
ful feeling, and with timely rains the
remainder of the season, there is every
reason to expect good to full crops of
The rains were heavy in the north
ern and mountain sections and more
moderate in the southern, but in the
latter were sufficient for present pur
The rains fell steadily and were
readily absorbed by the toil; crops
have revived and fields that to all ap
pearances were dead are now green.
GraSS is COtting up finely and there
will soon be plenty of food.
Sugar beet planting has begun 111
places. Deciduous trees are blooming
in sections, while in Others they are
blossoming later than usual.
SANTA BANHAKA COUNTY
Santa BARBARA. 4.50 to 5.00 inches
rain have fallen in the past nine days;
the rain assures a prosperous season.
Grass and grain have revived wonder
fully; fields that were yellow and
looked dead are now green. Deciduous
trees are blooming finely.
Barushai.k. 3.75 inches rain fell
during the week, making 0.75 inches
for the season. The ground is well
soaked. Still raining in the moun
Vknti'ra. Rainy nearly all the
week; about five inches in all have
fallen, which assures good crops this
Wkst Saticov. --Cloudy and rainy
nearly all the week; 4.90 inches have
fallen since February 21st, assuring
good hay and beet crops. Outlook for
apricots not very good, as the trees
seem to be very weak.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Vkkihh;o. About 4.50 inches rain
fell during the storm. This assures a
good hay crop on a large acreage. All
indications are now promising for a
lar^e crop of deciduous fruit.
Los Anc.ki.KS. — 2.53 inches rain fell
during the week, making 8.29 inches
for the season. Week closed clear and
cool. Rain came just in time to save
crops; timely rains remainder of season
will make good crops.
Pai.mi>ai.k. Showers fell from Feb
ruary 23 to 25, accompanied by high
wind. Began raining March 1 and
continued all night. Wheat is in fine
condition; pasture much improved.
Garvanza. - Copious rains in the
past ten days have changed the aspect
of things entirely; a continuation of
late rains will make a fine season.
Rainfall for week 2.57 inches; for sea
son 8.59 inches.
Pomona. — 2.92 inches rain fell dur
ing week, making 9.38 inches for sea
son. The rain was steady and readily
absorbed by the earth. The most
hopeful feeling for good crops pre
Manzana. — Cloudy week with fre
quent showers; ground in good condi
tion for cultivating. Rainfall for the
storm 1.52 inches.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
Craiton. -Three inches of rain fell
during the storm. It came gently and
was all absorbed by the soil. Orange
shipping light. All varieties of al
monds have bloomed. Citrus tree
growth has begun.
Sanßkrnarihno. — Generally cloudy
week with rain; 2.75 inches fell close
of February and an inch fell Sunday.
Everybody encouraged. With a few
late showers, full crops will be made.
Highland.- 2.54 inches rain have
fallen since Friday, making 7.22 inches
for the season. Grain is growing
finely. New growth starting on or
North Ontario. — 1.10 inch rain fell
Saturday night, making- 4.00 inches
since February 22 and 8.93 inches for
the season. Grain and hay are look
ing fine with promise of more than an
Rkhusds. — Good rains since last
report have put the soil in fine condi
tion for crops and assures plenty of
water for the coming irrigating sea
son. Fruit trees later than usual in
blossoming;if no late frosts come there
will be a fruitful season.
Yicau'K. Ground thoroughly soak
ed; prospects bright. Heavy fruit and
grain crops assured if a few showers
occur In April. Ben iiM to be doing
exceptional ljf well, owing to the late
wai in rain*.
Niykksiok. Nainy week; showers
nearly ererj day, benefited crops more
than a good irrigation. Citrus trees
look fresh and are starting spring
growth. K.iint.ill for season 4.70
i'okona. The rains of the past
week have revived the grain crops;
there will be large crops of barley atid
wheat. Almond trees in bloom. Or
ange and lemon shipments arc quiet,
on account of the storm in the Kast.
Rainfall for week 3.55 inches; for
season, h.7 1) inches.
Bkavmont. 3.50 inches rain fell
past week. Weather rather cool. Most
of the main is short; it has a good
stand and is growing fast.
Tkmkscai.. Cool, cloudy week; too
cool for rapid growth, but a noticeable
change in grain and wild feed has oc
curred in the past ten days. Orange
and lemon trees are making new
growth. Peaches blooming freely.
Rainfall for storm 3.12 inches; for
season 8.07 inches.
Hoi.sa. The fine rains have started
vegetation growing. Farmers still
sowing barley. Some sugar beets
being planted; the prospect is excellent
for a crop. Celery shipments continue.
Catistrano. -The rain assures grain
and hay crops; 4.45 inches have fallen
since February 22. Farmers and wal
nut growers are in fine spirits. Every
thing looks encouraging. Rainfall
for season 8.85 inches.
Orani'.k. Rainfall for storm 3.00
inches. It came just in time to benefit
all vegetation, except perhaps peas
and ripening loquats; the latter crack
with rain. Still cloudy and threaten
ing. Orange packing proceeding
Ei. Toko. 5.45 inches rain have
fallen since February 21. It came
down steadily and all went into the
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
San Dikoo. -Fine rains assure a
hay crop. Orchards received a fine
soaking; in good condition for plowing
and cultivating. All crops promise
well. Feed growing finely on ranges.
Escondido. — 2.80 inches rain fell at
the close of February, making 3.29
inches for the month and 6.78 inches
for the season. Young grain looking
fine; large acreage sown. Bulk of the
orange crop disposed of.
La Mesa.— 3.35 inches rain fell in
February and .55 0f an inch fell March
2. Rainfall for season, 7.40 inches.
Orchard work must be suspended for
some days, as the ground is very wet.
Farmers are encouraged.
Ei. Cajon.- -Good rain middle of
week. Grain seeding nearly finished.
Planting of all kinds going on.
Julian. - 1.00 inch rain fell February
22; heavy storm 25th and 26th, giving
2.00 inches rain. No snow fell. Grain
seeding about finished. The rains
will make grain and grass grow finely.
Imi'Kriai.. Barley growing rapidly,
some about four feet high and heading.
Seeding continues. Alfalfa is making
good growth; seeding is at its height.
Water is available for irrigating an
farmers' Dredge Launched
The big dredger for the Yuma Val
ley Union Land and Water company,
which for about six weeks has been
under course of construction in the
ship yards at this place, was launched
last Monday afternoon on the Colo
rado river. The dredging machinery
is now being placed in the boat, which
will shortly be ready to drop down tin
river and begin work on the canal.
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