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VOL. 11.
The Oregon Short line.
J. Fennemoro and John Smith, prominent
mining men of Salt Lake City, who have
been in the city several days, says the San
DlegO Sun. left for I'tah yesterday after
noon. Both gentlemen wore greatly im
pressed with the future of San Diego as it
appeared to them, and Mr. Fennemore said
he was convinced that San Diego would
have a direct eastern railroad within two
or three years at most.
Speaking of the Oregon Short Line.
which both gentlemen believe is headed for
Baa Diego instead of Los Angeles alone.
Mr. Fennemore said: "The Oregon Short
Line at Milford is 17U miles from De La
.Mar. Lincoln county. Nov.. which during
the past five years has yielded more gold
than any other mine in the country.
"This mine was purchased hy Capt. IV
ha Mar. who hail previously made and lost
st veral fortunes in Wyoming, Idaho and
Alaska, for $66,000. He financed the prop
osition and put in $500,000 in development
work before he took a dollar out. Sam
Qodbe was the chap who owned the bond
on the mine and when he got $65,000 for
it. lie thought he was doing pretty well. Hi 1
knew, and everybody else did. that the ore
could only be worked by cyanide, but no
body ever guessed how fabulously rich that
property was. 1 guess Capt. Ho La Mar
didn't even dream of it himself. Talk about
your bonanza Comstock lode! 1 toil you
there is a bonanza worth talking about;
although it isn't so rich as it was two or
three years ago.
"You know, the State of Nevada taxes
all the ore taken out of the state, so De
La Mar had to smuggle his bullion out. so
to speak, and consequently no one but his
intimate associates know just how much
lie has taken out. but I have it on a very re
liable authority that the sum was not less
than $10,000,000 in five years! What do you
think of that? And the property is si ill
yielding big returns, although the bonanza
feature is on the wane. But, anyhow, it
maintained a camp of tOOO people for sev
eral years right there in the desert. They
first reduced the ore by the dry cyanide
process, but that was found to be danger
mis to life and health, so the wet process
was Introduced with great success.
"De La Mar had great trouble to get his
bullion safely out of the country, but he
finally had a great Corliss safe made,
weighing three tons, and round like a ball.
so that it couldn't be dynamited, and when
i-nce locked up at the mine, could only be
opened by a secret process known to his
\ew York bankers. Then the bullion was
loaded into this safe and ten mules were
started with it for the railroad at Milford.
170 miles away. Relays were provided
along the route and in that way the ore
was safely transported to the railroad.
where it was taken in charge by the ex
press company and shipped to New York.
I suppose those express ears were dyna
mited by robbers sometimes, but if so
the sight of that round three-ton safe must
have made them feel sick.
"De La Mar is still working his great
property, and I expect there are others as
rich in the great state of Nevada. It is a
wonderful country, and if it could be irri
gated, would undoubtedly provide homes
for hundreds of thousands of people. As it
is, the vast millions of wealth which have
been taken from her soil have left her
nothing but holes in the ground."
Important railroad news will soon be an
"Water is King—Here is its Kingdom."
Leading Men of the Im
perial Canal System.
Another member >>t' the firm <>t' Oakley-Paulin Compan)
is 11. (.'. Oakley, who has been \er\ active and ver\ suc
cessful in building up the business ot the company since
its first organization, and since the reorganization ol the
Imperial Land Company he has been very efficient in man
aging its affairs at the Imperial end of the line.
11. C Oakley was horn on a farm in the Province ol
Ontario, Canada; was educated in tlu v public schools; came
to Riverside, California, at the age of _>i ; went to Ontario
in tlu 1 spring of ISS4. and entered vigorously into the work
of developing that place from a barren plain into a model
colony <>f prosperous homes, being largely interested in the
nursery and orchard business. A large number of the
orchards of the ( )ntario Colony are the result directh or
indirectly of his efforts. Ile entered the real estate business
in the fall of (886, taking a prominent part in connection
with the extensive water development enterprises in that
locality until a sufficient supply was obtained. After clos
ing out his interests in ( hitario he removed to Los Angeles
in [898, where he engaged extensively in mining operations
until the organization of the firm of Oakley-Pauliu Com
When that firm became general agents for the sale of
water rights in the Imperial Settlements, he was selected
from his firm to look after the interests of his company at
Imperial, making frequent trips with intending purchasers.
Tt finally became desirable for the firm to have a resident
member at Imperial to look after their extensive business.
Several months ago he moved there with his family.
When the firm bought into the Imperial Land Company.
H. C. < )akley was chosen as a resident director of the com
pany at Imperial.
It Pays to be Polite.
"The Chicago an. l Northwestern Railway
has adopted new rules and regulations for
the govi rnment of its employes. New run
ning rules, new time tables, new technical
names, and a new code of politeness has
gone into force. These the otlieials of the
road framed, with the object of Inaugurating
a model regime, and to insure a thorough
trial every employe has been examined on
his ability to carry them OUt to the letter.
"The Did and familiar vernacular of the
rails has been abolished to a large extent
The snappy remarks of conductors and
braki men have given place to a politeness
that would grace the select circles of a col
lego town. The nuisance of yelling news
agents has ceased, and to insure no mis
take in stations each will be called out si v
eral times before it is reached. So near is
the etiquette to resemble that of the home
that conductors and officials are to remove
their hats when they pass through parlOV
and dining cars
"As the train whirled past Chicago aye
Hue 'he conductor was asked to describe a
freight train, divided into sections, that
was standing on one of the side tracks.
" 'That is no longer a freight train, but a
second class train." he answered. 'It is not
divided, but it has separated, and does not
stand on a side track, but on an auxiliary.'
"The tooting of a whistle broke off his re
iMirks, and before he could be questioned
again one of the trainmen asked the reason
of the 'audible signal.'
"'I do not know," was the reply, "l'rob
ably the engineman sees some obstacle on
the right of way. You had better call the
man in charge of the rear end of the train."
"This lucky individual used to be termed
the hind end brakeman." As the tram
drew into Clybourn Junction he announced
the name of that station from the rear end
.if th.' car. and then, walking to the front
1 lid again called it aloud. When the train
sti pped he and his fellows aided all who
sti pped off with the ea refill attention of a
Pullman porter expecting a tip.
Summary ol the New Code.
"The rules of conduct on board a. passen
ger train- now called 'train of superior
class' are summed up in the new code of
rules as follows:
"It is especially enjoined on passenger
employe* to be polite and courteous to all.
Coarse and vulgar language from anyone
employed on this road is positively pro
hibited under the penalty of prompt dis
" "Passengers must never be ejected from
the cars for any cause except at a regu
lar op*'" station. Trainmen must not
eject Women and children of tender age;
and any person unattended in such a con
dit ion of mind and body as to be incapable
of caring for himself must be placed in the
custody of the nearest station agent.'
Engine Man Approves Rules.
"The engineers are rather proud of their
new title of 'engine men," and when one
was asked if the engines were not to be
given new names In* laughingly said:
'"No, but we don't take them to a round
house now but to an engine house. I have
been railroading over forty years, but I
never saw a better code. I am going to
propose that our union take up this polite
feature and call our walking delegate a
business manager.' "
Imperial will have a railroad before the
close of 1902.
No. 3

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