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Dr. tlmendorf Writes from Imperial. The Santa An.i Herald publishes an interesting letter from Dr. Klrnendot f. late ot Santa Ana. from which we ex tract the following: Then is in reality a town, or City if you please, called by the name ,v the heading o| this letter; Its location, if all the stories alloal in regard to Its Climate be true, la .somewhere In the neighborhood of the hoi place mentioned in the Good Book, or im mistaken It is composed .it a col lection of roughly-made houses, ten or a do/en in number, ami as many or more cloth or eaaVMS ones, with an additional dosen or fifteen tents of various patterns. These ai< distributed mostly along Imperial avenue on its west side. In addition, there is a lumber yard where Arizona lumber is sold at $lv per thousand, also Hi. Newport Lumber Company's gOOds! one Of tWO hotels, where the weary traveler can Hilda lied and table board: three general merchandise stoics: twobaktr.es; blacksmith Shop; feed yards: telephone and one real es tatS office; a bank; jeweler and re pairer; .a comfortable church edifice, a two story brick in process of con- BtrUCtlon, the corner stone of which was recently placed by a young lady resident. This building is tO be oc cupied in part by (lie land company for an office, Wilder Clark with a stock of hardware, and the DOStofflce, with Miss M S. Clark a.s postmistress, ami the second Boor for assemblages. The brick put in its construction was burned there and is pronounce,, a suc cess as building material. The Imps rial Press is a bright Weekly paper, a credit to its publisher. Such at prcs snt la Imperial, of winch it Is predicted the near future will see a populous mini thriving desert city. Much life and activity is apparent on all sides, the farmer not in the least behind with his work, as the many green tlelds of barley testify these too, on the "worthless" land in nuiny instances, which controverts the government ex pert s nport. Since our arrival on the 26tfl nil., the climatic conditions have been excellent, only part of one day being given over to a brisk westerly breeze, which was cool and refresh Ing, but 80l a rip snorter, "blowing sand in our eyes and impeding navel with piles of it twenty live feet high " It is not so, that we dine oIY homed toads and inesqtiitc beans In Imperial. on the contrary, excellent fresh beef, solid fresh ranch butter, green salads, the products of the ranches about Cs leXiCO, where water was (list to be bail from the big canal which taps the Col orado. I well remember when all the Hour \ised in the .meat and prosperous Tulare Valley came from Oregon, the butter from (ioshen. N V., potatoes from Pajaro Valley, and whisixcy from the drug store, home made. This puts me in mind that Imperial is a dry town and not even a drug store with in its limits, a chance for some enter pricing man. to be sun. General plans for public Improvements are being Worked UP, among them B water plant to supp.y the town with Colorado Ri^ er fluid, it is to be brought In through a pipe laid from ■ point on the canal to the south, where a fail of fourteen feet can be made available. It will then be forced tO a higher elevation into tanks. 'There is but one doctor here, as yet. but i understand it is contemplated to plot a piece of land On the SMI Side Of th>' cemetery and 1 suppose will come in under the head of public improvements, As soon as an undertaker arrives, but heaven! its frightful to think of turning ones toes to the mesQUites In \iew of the costs of interment at the hands of that s ;l in.' undertaker, with lumber at ?»<> per thousand. We may be thankful we are practically independent of cem eteries, undertakers and grave linkers. bj putting off the event until July or Vugust, and bake Incinderatton and be don< With it Why not defer this laM but one Improvement and Bubstl tute mi ''■<' plant, with ■ lemon and sugar annex " Imperial country tot the nexl year or s.i win witness various experiments along lines of what to plant it Is certain thai some products of the soil with which we are at present only fa niiiinr In fruit stores, win Rnd a home In tin- soil of tins immense tract of desert land, this laud of perpetual .•sunshine, where the conditions are about the same as In those countries where the date and other fruit of the .l.scrt thrive Several parties have Bet out grape rootlets, and I understan i that, in a snail way, rice sad cotton are annum the experimental articles t bat bave in sn planted bereab tuts, * * • 1 1;« \«• just returned from a day at "Mine ijike. a charming body of wa ter about a half mile square, eight or nine miles south and west from Impe rial. Wild ducks were swimming over its surface rippled a.s it was by a gentle breeze. Bathers were making merry In Its waters, fringed as it is with meSQUlte trees whose delicate green foliage made a beautiful con trast to the blue water surrounded by them. A new town is being plotted On the east .shore to be named Silsbee. Among its attractions will be a boule vard around the lake which will add much to the natural beauty of this lo cality. The land about Mine Lake is a very desirable character of soil ami ha.s all. or nearly so. been lOOUted. Silsbee. with its little gem of blue. SWeet water, will be a favorite place lv this vast desert country, where one can go in the summer months and en poy the perpetual cool breese and peasant shade, also a boat ride on the lake if desired. W ELMENDORF. Mesquite Coffee. The following yarn, from the Albu- qiierque Democrat. is reproduced "for what it is worth." It is a fact that the mesquite tree, which is the chief growth throughout a large por tion Of the desert area of the South west, furnishes a bean which is of much value (•> the Indians, and to cattle, which browse upon it: "A company is said to have been organised In Arizona recently for the exploitation of the niesquite bean as a substitute for coffee and as a food product. The head of tin 1 company claims that after years of experiment ing. he has discovered a process of treating the mos<|iiite bean, which gives it a llavor closely resembling that of coffee, and that by another process, he can convert the bean into a It ist class substitute for cornmcai. As a beverage he declares that the mesquite bean has ail the stimulating effects of Coffee, and people who hay, tried thi 1 liquid made from the plant by the natives will be willing to go a little farther and declare that the •tuft beats coffee all hollow as a stim u hint. This new company may have solved the problem of . what to do with the deserts. All the mesquito wants is plenty of sand and a total absence of moisture. The plant will do the rest. It will be looked upon with some suspicion as a substitute for coffee. The mesquite bean, though, has been known for Quite a while to have a certain value as a food product, when everything else runs out. The Plmas and the Papa. goes dry the beans, and grind them into a coarse Hour. At least they used to before they had any other re sources. They used the Hour as a last resort. 'Mesquite fanning would present its Interesting features. On a large scale it ought to pay. after the pub lie has been educated up to the point wher ( - it will retire cornbread and make the family hoe-cake out of mcc quite flour. The land to grow the plants could be bought at a fairly reasonable figure and it might pay a man who can stand the climate to buy up the Mohave Desert and try it for a while." A Prominent Citizen. \v. ii Blalsdell, a prominent citizen Of Yuma and wife are stopping for a few days at Coronado. During his long residence there Mr. lUaisdell has done a great deal towards building up Yuma and Arizona. He was the con structor of a domestic water system and electric light plant for his city, both of which he now manages. He ; s greatly Interested In the agricultural development his section, and owns a tine place himself, on which he is able to gro* cantaloupes (or market earlier than at Indlo. He was a hard worker and believer In the outcome or the Colorado Desert proposition and is highly pleased over the satisfactory results. San DtegO Sun. Its Recommendation. Customer Are you sure this is a good cookbook" Salesman Yes. indeed. They're talking of dramatising it. Judgi IMPKKIAI. PRESS A Cldim tbe World Couldn't Pay. Since 1140 the family of Perussi have been claiming £2,400,000, with accumulated interest, from the Brit ish government The pies, nt claim ants are the descendants Of the great Peruuiß, who were in the Middle Ages one of the biggest banking fiinis in the world. The wars with Scotland had cost King Edward 111 a big sum of money and when he concluded to make War on Prance he was compelled to apply to the head of the Perusal family, with whom he was on very intimate terms. He obtained f L.4 00.000. The Perutsls wanted the money after a few years had passed, and sent to King Edward for it. Muti that monarch begged them not to mention the subject again. He eventually postponed payment for an Indefinite period, and for this master piece of policy he was looked upon by the people as a genius. Many of the descendants of the Pe iiiz/.i family still live in Italy, and ■Ince 1840 they have kept up com inunication with the British govern menl on the matter of their little bill. Bui even at B very moderate rate of Interest the sum of 62,400,000 bor rowed in 1340 would now have reached such colossal proportions that if the wealth of the world were gathered together it would not be suf ticient to pay half of it. The total would run into twenty-five figures. — Tit Hits. The almighty dollar covers a multi tude of queer transactions. FARMERS - MERCHANTS INCORPORATED QM|||| OF 1871 DRUH LOS ANGELES Oldest and Largest Bank in Southern California CAPITAL OFFICERS JTI ,_' , , * ISAIAH W. HELLMAN President Ql ID PI I Iv 2 HERMAN W. HKLLM\N, Vice President %I^ v ' l " ' V#V^ j A GRAVES, 2nd Vice President A D I JMr^lV/ IHPn CHARLES SKYLKR, Cashier I^ ll '^ lV IL^ti.L^ GUSTAV HKIMANN, Ass't Cashier PROFITS DIRECTORS 0 1 O1 O AII A A A W. H. PERRY J. P. FRANCIS ulid IOiUUUiUU c - E - riioM I- W. II HI. I. MAX, JR. r I. N. VAN NUYd H. W. HELLMAN J. A. GRAVES \VM. HOY DEPOSITS, $6,300,000.00 " OHI h^m a a a n SPECIAL SAFETY DEPOSIT DEPARTMENT FIRST NATIONAL BANK — ™"1. Largest National Bank in Southern California CAPITAL, SURPLUS AND PROFITS - - - $760,000.00 DEPOSITS ----- ■ $4,750,000,00 j.M.Eiiiott, IIIMITFn J - c - Drake ' Proßident UHIII L LJ JlrtlLJ 2nd Vice-Pres. W. G. Kcrckhoff, DEPOSITARY W.T.S.Hammond, Vice-lVesident Cashier A fc |«»|« W-***\f+ ** MANUFACTORKR OF AND DEALER IN AflOinn TPiSPi OPTICAL. MATHEMATICAL AND AIUUI|JII 1 1 IjOlj, engineering instruments Fitting ('.lassos to the Eye a Specialty. Oculists' Prescriptions Carefully Filled. Mail orders promptly attended to. 126 S. SPRING ST., LOS ANGELES, CAL. HARDWARE AND EVERYTHING IN COOKING AND HEATING APPLIANCES Cass & Smurr Stove Co. LOS ANGELES. CAL. A Noted Improvement. The widening of the Mussy grade under the supervision of Supervisor Jasper is a noted improvement in that portion of the county, and win 0 complete will be highly appreciated by the constantly traveling public. in the Imperial country Mr. Jasper is arranging for bridges that cross the laterals, of the irrigation ditches. which are twelve feet wide on the bottom and six feet deep, and when tilled with water can only be crossed by bridges; the road to Yuma is also in progress of construction, making In all lively work in the new terri tory. Good roads are the needed ad juncts of a pushing civilization, and the board of supervisors at every point are using considerate judgment in construction improvement and ex tension. — San Diego Sun. "What on earth," said a gentleman to his son, "are you doing up there. Johnny, sitting on the horse's hack with a pencil and paper, when you ought to be at school?" "Teacher said I was to write a Composition Oil a horse," said the boy, "and I'm trying to: but it's aw ful dif-cult. 'cos he will keep moving so. I s'pose that's why teacher gave it to us to do. ain't it?" — Chicago Journal. Amateur Chauffeur. Roderick: Did your new automo bile make a hit? Van Albert: It made two. First a sand bank and then a telegraph pole. — Chicago News.