Does Not Accept It
The San Diego I'nion, Commenting
on the artioles in the Iyos Angeles
Herald and Times, reprinted on an
other page of the Press, socks to dis
credit the statement that the Southern
Pacitic railroad is about to build from
Ymna westward into the Imperial val
ley, with a prospect of a branch to
San Diego. The Press does not under
take to say what the real plan of the
Southern Pacitic company is. nor does
it wish to see that road head off the
enterprise of the San Diego people in
building their own road through to
Yuma. But there does not seem to be
any reason to doubt that, whatever the
details of its plans may be. the South
ern Pacific railroad has extensive
projects for the Imperial valley, ami it
the reports be true, it will pass through
the heart of the valley, while the San
Diego survey leads along the border
of the valley, where that road cannot
be of the most benefit to the valley nor
command to the utmost the business
to be created here.
There is room here for two railroads
and there is certainly room for two
more in San Diego, if that city is to
become all that its friends expect of it,
and the building of a Southern Pacitic
line into that city need not in the least
interfere with the building of the San
The Dairy Business
Now that oleomargarine is to be
blacklisted by national legislation.
there is every reason to believe that
the butter makers of the country will
fiud their industry greatly stimulated.
There is no industry in the State
which offers greater opportunities than
this, and the steady profits pouring
into the pockets of the dairymen are
leading on to steady increase in pro
duction. California is already one of
the three leading dairy states of the
Union, but well it can be that it will
make still further increase in this line,
with best ofopportunities forexporting.
Already the State has the reputation
of producing nothing but fancy but
ter—the only grade that is tit to eat,
and this reputation will of itself go a
long way toward opening markets as
fast as the product can be increased.
Scarcity of Cattle
Throughout the country there is a
growing complaint of the scarcity of
cattle, giving rise to better prices for
beef than have been known for years.
It seems that three causes are quite
generally given for the condition. In
creased exports of meat, encroachments
on the ranges by settlers, and high
price of corn, which prompts its sale
by the farmer rather than the feeding
of it to stock.
It seems certain that the increased
profit in the cattle business is no tran
scient state of affairs and the person
who is contemplating engaging in
that business can do so with assurance
of a large profit in his business in the
steady run of events.
Dozen Club Formed
The tirst club in Imperial has been
formed, the object being to provide
the comforts of a home, particularly
at meal time, to the members. Mem
bership is limited to twelve persons,
and Mrs. Muller has been employed as
cook, the club having chartered the
adobe house she recently built for their
exclusive use. The organization is
to be known as the Dozen club, and the
charter membersare:George A. Carter,
George Carter, J. E. Heber, J. L. Al
verson, B. Harbour, Leroy Holt, Otto
Schrader, Lee Armijo, A. W. Patton,
A. Edgar and E. F. Howe. George A.
Carter was elected president, J. E.
Heber secretary and Leroy Holt treas
Back from the Desert
County Surveyor Ward anil Captain
Allen returned from a three-weeks trip
to tlu> desert. This was a very inter
esting one. and barring a little uncom
fortable weather, very pleasant. The
tirst stop was made at Boulder creek,
where Mr. Ward surveyed a stretch of
promised road connecting that place
and the Eagle peak toad. At Banner
the new road was inspected and found
in a very satisfactory Condition.
The whole back country is green,
and the farmers are happier than they
have been for several years. At Julian
the residents said that they wanted an
other half inch of rain to make good
for the season, and since Mr. ward
left they have had an inch, and he
thinks that they will have big crops.
The beeinen are feeling happy, also.
There is an abundance of tlowers. and
the ranchers are paying a great deal
of attention to their hives and expect
good returns. Considerable work is
being done on the mines about Julian
and Banner. Parties have taken an
option on the well-known Kanchita
property, and are pumping it out and
retimbering the .shaft. It is thought
that extensive developments will fol
The desert country is looking tine,
but Mr. Ward says that things are
getting a little warm out that way.
Just at present the weather ia very
changeable. Last Friday morning
the thermometer stood at 105 in the
shade and the following Monday over
coats were in order. The crops are in
excellent condition and some are al
ready beginning to harvest. One man
at Calexieo had just cut his barley,
and it is claimed that it went three
tons to the acre. The crop stood as
high as a man's head, and was very
little if any coarser than the or
dinary feed of much smaller growth.
He refused an $800 offer for the twenty
acres as it stood. Hay is- sold now at
$15 per ton, where formerly it was
sold for $30, and was scarce at that.
The irrigating problem is beginning
to lessen as additional ditches are
built, and as fast as they get water
the settlers are planting their crops,
as seasons don't count in that country.
There is still a great deal of digging
going' on, and Imperial is beginning
to boom with the construction of sev
eral new buildings. The country is
settling up rapidly and everybody
seems well satisfied with the outlook.
The Greatest Need
The friends of irrigation succeeded
in getting a single sentence inserted
in the platform adopted at San Jose
and only one. Yet it is a sober fact
that there is no more important matter
before the people of California today
than this same one of irrigation. Our
water laws are a mass of inconsis
tency and contradiction. Our court
decisions are conflicting and product
ive of litigation. The whole thing
must be gone over and an entirely new
plan adopted for the administration of
water that belongs to the people, be
fore California can hope to take the
position to which she is entitled. Yet
it seems impossible to take even the
initiatory steps that are essential.
Politicians look with a sort of pitying
smile upon an "irrigation crank," and
when he tries to point out to them the
fact — that irrigation is the supreme
question in California today — they
wave it aside and proceed to the mat
ter which is of far more importance to
them the apportionment of some
piece of political pie. Some day the
State will wake up. and will upset the
entire system of water administration,
or rather maladministration and put
an end to the ceaseless and expensive
litigation that cannot be ended until
the State does act. Alameda Encinal.
Imperial Mercantile Co.
Groceries Canned Goods
Dry Goods notions
Building hardware Implements
HAY AND GRAIN SEED GRAINS
<;ko. a. caktkk i;. k. hkhkk j. k. hkhkk
Imperial May and Grain Co.
HAY AND GRAIN
SEED GRAINS IMPLEMENTS
White's Cash Store
Opposite Printing Office
Groceries, Dry Goods, Ladies' and Children* 1 Shoes, Notions
and General Merchandise at reasonable prices
General F^relgHtirig for the Public
Special attention paid to freight for settlers. Leave orders at store
Geo. A. Carter 6k Co.
Lumber and all Kinds of Building Material
Contracting, Freighting, etc.
IMPERIAL, : : : : : : : CALIFORNIA.
BLUb LAKb 5 I Olvb, bluelake, California
Grcceries, Provisions, Hay and Or*, in
SUPPLIKS FOR PEOPLE AND TEAMS COMING To THK VALLEY
AND FOR VISITORS TO THK LAKB A SPECIALTY
Water Stock Credits
To whom IT may conckkn: It hav
ing come to our notice that contrac
tors and individuals, who have agreed
to accept half cash and half water
shares in liquidation for labor per
formed, are transferring such water
share credits to others owing the
Company on previous purchases, with
the expectation that the Company will
give the t ansferee credit; therefore
this notice, that the Company will not
honor such transfers of credit.
Water share credits are only receiv
able by the Company for credit from
the original owner applicable only
upon payment upon his or her indebt
edness to the Company or for the pur
chase of new shares.
The California Dkvki.di'mknt Co.
By A. H. Hkhkk, President.
George E. Irwin is building a frame
house on West Eighth street, which he
will occupy as a carpenter shop and
bunk house. It will be a very comfort
able and neat building.
Clearing Town Site
The Silsbee town site has been
cleaned off during' the last few days
and the streets and lots have been
Not With Arizona
The proposition to make this county
a part of Arizona originated, we be
lleve< in San Diego, hut outside of
those who "hatched" the >cheine we
do Hot believe anybody would take it
seriously. The time may come when
San Diego county will be a part of a
new .State, but it will never be a part
of Arizona. EtSCOlldido Times.
FP. BLAKE, M. D.
EGYPTIAN CORN SEED
F. G. Havens has several tons
of Egyptian corn, white and red,
for sale at 5 cents a pound at his
ranch one mile east of Blue lake.
Man and Team Wanted
Wanted man with good team to
furnish seed grain a ncl put in 40 to 80
acres near Blue lake, on shares. Land
under water from Imperial Water Co.'s
system. Land ready for grain to be
harrowed in. Kootn 3, First National
Hank, San Diego.
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