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" )ou Must go to Los Angeles."
>:• Ben C. Truman is one of the pleasantest writers on this Coast. He edited the old Los Angeles Daily Star thirty years ago. when this city was more Mexican than American. !!,■ was private secretary to Presi dent Johnson at the close of the Civil War. am! afterwards came to South ern California in the employ of the Postoffice Department of tin national government. He writes a very in teresting account of coming to this country in 1867, and the same is published in "Resources of Southern California," as follows: In a few weeks after my arrival in San Francisco, rising thirty-live years ago. the postmaster of that city said to me: "YOU must go tO Los Angeles!" I was early thrown into the society of army men. and particularly of pa\ masters who had passed back and forth through the enchanting metrop olis Of Southern California, and every one of them many times said to me: "You must go to Los Angeles'" Subsequently 1 became acquainted With the proprietors of the Bulletin and Alta. and with many of their edi tors and reporters, and there tame always the same old command: "You must go to Los Angeles!" And one day in February. IS»>7. I received a letter from the Postmaster General directing me to proceed, as soon as convenient, to Los Angeles. and examine carefully into the postal conditions of Southern California, and report upon the feasibility of re-es tablishing the old Butterfield stage service, that had been suspended during the Civil War. A few days before my departure I was conversing with .1. Ross Browne, the distinguished author and traveler, and he said, fervently: "You must go to Los Angeles!" "For heaven's sake," I replied, "what is there in Los Angeles that sets everybody that has been there so crazy? At my hotel, at the club, in the newspaper offices, and almost everywhere else, I am directed to go to Los Angeles. Tell me. pray, what is there so entrancing, so ravishing, so insidious about Los Angeles, as I am going there tomorrow — and I'm going officially?" And I remember almost word for word his response. I will present it. as follows: "Because it is the most picturesque and beautiful place on earth where there is no enervating warmth of summer and no severe cold of Winter; where the nights are comfortable the year round: where roses and hun dreds of other garden flowers blossom and festoon the old adobe walls and porches continuously, and where you are lulled to sleep by the mellifluous melody of the mocking bird and re freshingly awakened by the matins of the linnet and the thrush." "An Arcadia!" 1 exclaimed, as I had just been reveling in the sumptuous delineations of Sir Thomas More. And then Mr. Browne proceeded: "Yon will see miles upon miles Of vineyards, as nearly all of our Cali fornia wine is made in Los Angeles county. You will pee extensive or ange groves right in the city of T.os Angeles, one of which contains two thousand trees. This is known as the Wolfskill orchard. And you will also see the prettiest lemon orchard In the world, owned by ;i man named Kel ler. Now. be sure and make yourself known to a man named Sansevain and to another named Boyle, who will give you all the wine you can drink or carry away. And look out for Boyle's wine, or you v ill never get out of his cellar. And be sure and visit General Banning at Wilmington. Don Benito Wilson at Lake Vineyard, and Ymce Hoover, near the river. And don't fail to make the acquaintance of my \oung friend Herman W. Hellman, who will take you out to ride and -how you all the beautiful places that are to be seen." In a few days after my arrival 1 was taken from the Bella Union hotel by the young and gallant Hellman and driven to General Banning's at Wil mington, where 1 staid a week; and afterwards out to Mr. Wilsons, where I tarried another seven days. All and more than Mr. Browne had pictorially presented Impressed Itself upon me. The lovely sunshine came into my tMPERIAL PRESS windows everj one of those radiant February mornings, everj shinnnor and beam a seeming embrocation; exhalations from Agrlpina and Cas tilian roses and jasmine and helio trope perfumed my apartment; the Bong birds warbled their sweetest notes, and there came zephyrs from the murmuring: Pacific, laden with the spices from far-off Cathay. I had already traveled quite extensivelj in Florida and Louisiana, where mock- Irig-birds, magnolias and citrus offer ings abound, and had experienced some of the natural beauties of Eu rope and Cuba. But these lovely countries were all eclipsed by the In comparable City of the Angels! l kept my pen busy for a year or more afterwards with rosy descrip tions of Los Angeles and other por tions o( Southern California In letters to the San Francisco Bulletin and New York limes; and during my three years' residence at the Occi dental hotel i repeated what .1. Ross Browne had said to nio in tiT to everj Easterner who asked me about the southern part of the State, not for getting Mr. Boyle's stunning elixir and the dainty little maiden who soon afterwards married Billy, now "Uncle BHlv" Workman; nor the Wolfskin orange orchard of 2000 trees and the blossoming si norita that dwelt amidst those domes of everlasting leafage, and whose fair hand was r ought by man.- and finally bestowed iHinn an Apollo named Sheppard: of Old man Keller and his lemon trees; Of Sansevain and his CucamongS. wines: of General Banning and his big- hay stack, bigger than anything WILD HKMI" SHOWING IN THK IMI'KKIAI. HKTTLKMKNTH. in the country, except the latch-string at his door: of Don Benito Wilson. the humanitarian and philosopher of Lake Vineyard; of Colonel B. J. C. Ivewen. the Hotspur of Bl Molino: of General Volney B. Howard, the chi valrous knight of San Gabriel; of Billy Pridham, then, as now. stead fast, agreeable and debonair: of the gallant young Herman W. Hellman, who was always ready to hitch up "Old Me." and take a genteel stranger to drive: of Vince Hoover, whose fine old golden nectar, from grapes Of octogenarian vines, made aeolian music as it gurgled from dusty and cobwebby flasks: of Mrs. White's. where one might dance all night and go home with the girls In the morn- Ing; and of the birds, and the (lowers, and the sunshine; and I always wound up with : "You must go to Los Angeles'" One day I met an old Xew York newspaper friend of mine named Charles Xordhoff. who said he had been given a long vacation by .lames Cordon Bennett, and that my Califor nia letters in the Times had brought him to the Pacific Coast: and he asked me where he should go after having San Francisco. And there Was my chance again. It did not oc cur to me that he would write a book, or even letters to the New York Herald. I only thought of his pleas ure and possible recuperation, and l exclaimed : "You must go to Los Angeles'" And then I got off my old panoramic declamation again, throwing in a him jestic earth giant here and an alluring arroyo there, and setting my Joyous description to the treble of his glow ing imagination: and away he rapidly went and at once wrote largelj oi all this delightful country in newspaper and book, and recovered his health and lived under his own vine and tig t ree for neai Is t btrtj > ears. Suue that time 1 have mad.' fovt> two nips across the continent, and d all or nearly all the States and Territories in the Union. 1 have experienced the winter seasons of Florida, Louisiana ami Texas; of Palestine, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Spain and the Riviera', of Hong Kong. Yokohama and Honolulu. In all these countries, as well as in all the lead ing cities of Europe ami the United States I have emue across thousands oi travelers who have visited Los Angeles, and they all pronounced our city and its surroundings the most delightful and enticing section Of all. 1 have even heard thousands o\ them Baj to those less nomadic "You must go to Los Angeles'" Tens of thousands i\( greatly charmed visitors who have wintered in our midst, and who have also vis ited Pasadena. Long Beach. Santa Monica. RedondO, Riverside. Red lands. Mount Lowe and San DiegO, have returned to their COld and un congenial (limes and made arrange nients tO come hack and remain per manently, and have advised Other tens of thousands to do the same. Raymond X- Whitcomb. the agents of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads, Frank Wiggins and Others who have managed exhibits at Kast crn and European expositions, and distributed millions of truthful read ing matter about our country; return ing Knights Templar. Grand Army of the Republic veterans. Armour and Marshall Field and hundreds of other nabobs, who have come in their pri vate cars and wintered in our midst, have glorified our county in a raptur ous way and said to many tens of thousands: "You must go to Los Angeles'" And when 1 look about me, and see the magnificence 1 of our architect tire, our churches and schools, our ship ments of oranges and other fruits, our big newspapers, our growing in dustries of all kinds, and behold a hundred and twenty thousand pros perous and contented people, where there were only twelve thousand twenty years ago. and multitudes still coming. 1 am constrained to be lieve that every returned tourist is everlastingly shouting: "You must go to Los Angeles'" The California Water and Forest Association has for its motto. "Moisture Means Millions." That motto is all right. The only wav to improve it would bo to add one more word and make it read. "Moist ure Means Many Millions." The valley of the Nile supports 543 people to the square mile, the valley of the I'o nearly 300, the Cottonwood Creek district in Utah over 300, and the gnat California valley about 20. The Sacramento River discharges enough water in a year to irrigate thirtei n million acres. Resourres of Southern California. .1. D. Lynch, for years a prominent newspaper man and writer of South ern California, having written more good material regarding the re- SOUrces of this southern country than any other man that ever lived here. h;is just est ablished a bright month!) paper under the heading of Resources of Southern California. That paper should have a circulation up in the thousands. Business men could well afford to put up from $10 to $l«iO each to pa.» lor annual sub scription-- to this valuable monthly to *end to the Bast, or anywhere else where thej mas b ive friends to read it. Ten thousand dollars thus spent by some o( our leading citizens would send 10,000 copies where they would do an Immense amount of good to this country, besides showing appre- elation to ■ man who has done so much to make th.se same business men successful in their undertak ings. Our banks contain millions of wealth today that would not be there had it not been for the writings of .1. I). Lynch, and Southern Califor nia contains thousands of people who have been brought here by the same influence, and Los Angeles county constitutes a Congressional District all by itself because Mr. Lynch has been instrumental in bringing the people hero to make this district a necessity. Imperial farming. Judge Sullivan of Witch Creek is in the city today, says the San Diego Sun. He has boon spending consid erable time in the desert country about Caloxieo. recently, and Bays that section is coming to the front as a farming region. He states emphatically that if there is any alkali, it is not in largo eatOttgh quantities to do any harm. A month ago there were crops of bar ley Standing four feet big*. Last season one man averaged efght tons of sorghum to the acre for one crop, receiving $f>.r>o per ton for the prod uct, which certainly makes profitable farming. Returning offtcers from imperial report a great deal of proposed im provement at that townsite, which is to be made the commercial center of the desert settlement. A domestic wa ter supply under pressure will be one of the first improvements and an elec tric lighting and refrigerating plant will also be put into operation. The work win be pushed through rapidly and it is expected that the work will be completed by next summer. Work on the railroad line from Im perial to Flowing Wells is also to be gin very soon. The Southern Pacific Company have not given final assur ance that the branch will be built, but arrangements for grading have been made, the work to begin in 30 days, in case that the railroad com pany Should decide not to run the line at once. Irrigation, Land and Improvement Co. .1. E2. i.ntiy, the general manager of the irrigation. Land ;m<i Improve tin in Company <>f Yuma, was in the city yesterday. Mr. I. inly Bays they have completed eight miles of iii« Y ir gravity canal and turned In the water from the Colorado River. This canal was opened to Bupply water to all the principal lands in the valley, when the laterals are run out. The next move will be to extend the canal across the line into Sonora. where there are a million acres of land cap able of irrigation. Mr. Ludy is as enthusiastic as ever over the enterprise of his company, and its future, and well he might be. for his canal covers the finest and most productive lands in the United States. Tucson Star. 9