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01 \hi IIS Silk A NO M I Daniel Crist, member of a committee of Quakers seeking ground for a col ony in California spent the week in Imperial. The other members have returned lo the Bast, and nothing flefl nite will be decided on before next fall. Hut Imperial stands a good chance of getting the Quakers* for Mi Crist has written to his people that nowhere else had he seen ho magnifi cent a body of land with Much abun dant water as here. Regarding the committee the Kresun Democrat says: 14 KrcHiiu county will in all probabil ity soon have an Immense Onaker col <iiiy. Since last Friday there have bCCII at I,aton and other places in the county four On.ikers — Jno. L. Thomas, F.ewis Pidgoon, Daniel Crist and \V. A. Wilson representing three "seven \<-.ti meetings" of the peace-loving people of the far K.tstand middle West in a search fora home where all might cotigregate and they have selected in this county 2700 acres of land which they will recommend to the Friends in he K.ist to locate on. "Six years ago this search for a new home began. Colorado, Utah. Idaho .nid Wyoming have been visited, but none gave satisfaction, and a few months ago these four men were chosen to come to California. Here their search has ended, anil they say they will return satisfied with the laud t lies have found here. "As one of the men explained it, in the Quaker communities arc held weekly what arc called "particu lar meet in^s'; these are merged into larger 'monthly meetings', the latter Into general 'quarterly meetings', and Anally Into the 'yearly meetings. 1 There are seven of these yearly meet inga on this continent, covering the eastern portions of Canada and the United Satates. Hut the Friends are too much separated. They fear lest their organisation and their connec tions be weakened by the distance which intervenes between their 'par ticular meetings? 1 and they wish to Hilda land to which all may come. "These four men, representing three 'year meetings/ two from Indiana and two from the Atlantic coast, were chosen to Investigate the compara tively new H elds of Ihe Golden state, and last evening their enthusiasm knew no bounds, because they said they felt that they had found 'the promised land. 1 It must not be sup posed that immediately Upon their re turn and their report all Otiaki rs will leave their homes and come to Cali fornia. The migration, they say, will be long continued, but henceforth Fresno county will be the Mecca to ward which all Friends, from those three 'year meetings' at least, will turn their faces. From here they will gotoLioa Angeles, and will spend s few days in the southern portion of the State, visiting the Pacific ocean, but they are satisfied that nowhere will they find a land so well adapted to their needs as in Fresno county, and they hope soon again tO be here, and then to locate permanent 1v . " Dangerous Bicycle Trip It seems strange that it is necess.irv to give warning against strangers un dertaking to reach Imperial by bicy cle, but unless they cease doing so some person will lose his life on the desert, as one person came near doing this week. In most cases where strang ers cross the deaert on a wheel they even neglect the ordinary precaution of taking water with them. While there. ire a number of persons famil iar with the desert who ride all over it without danger, one must know the paths well, Ottght tO be familiar with desert life and be acclimated before undertaking such trips at this season of the year, for while it is still COOI near the coast, summer weather pre vails here. There is no compact road on the desert, ho badly is it cut up by freight teams, aud unless one knows where to look for a good path, he is almost certain to have that hard, steady pull through soft ground which bicyclists appreciate fully, aud which everywhere is destructive of health. Add to this greater heat than the rider is accustomed to and a strong proba bility that he will get off the direct route, aud there are the elements nec essary for a tragedy. In the portion of the desert under irrigation bicycle riding is safe, but the thirty miles be tween Imperial and the railroad is as dangerous a desert as it ever was, save that more teams are passing. Mexican Independence The independence of Mexico from Spain was celebrated by citizens of the sister republic just across the in ternational line from Calexico Sunday and Monday, there being bronco riding and other sports to make the day a merry one. There are not many Mex icans in this section, and as a conse quence the event did not draw a large orowdi though a number of Americans went over the line to join in the festiv ities. As the country becomes more densely populated Calexico will have two cel ebrations of Independence days, those of the United States and of Mexico, and as only a theoretical line separates the countries the relationship of the two peoples is certain to become very inti mate. Barbed wire of right kind. Rdgarßroa. Typical Error Following is a typical error from one of our exchanges: "Away out on the sunbaked plains of the Colorado des ert, miles from Indio station, on the Santa Fe railroad, William Young and a number of Pasadena men have located a large and practically inex haustible lake of salt." The main value of this article is in illustration of the careless disregard of their duties by some writers. A person who does not know the natural subdivisions of the country, who does not give a thought to the geography of his own county, has no business to write for the press. Every California school boy knows, if every editor does not, that the Santa Fe does not traverse the Colorado desert. The salt bed al luded to must be on the Mojave des ert, where thousands of tons of salt have been mined in past years, and where some newspaper writers might well seek employ lnent. Work on Railroad Work is progressing steadily on the Imperial ami Gulf railroad, the grade stakes for which are now all placed, the surveyors now being at work on the details of the bridges. The grad ers now have the grade completed for about seven miles north from Imperial, making rapid progress until they get to Carter river, the approaches to the bridges there giving all the heavy work that will appear on the roadbed. Wonderful Invention According to press reports, Gatling, inventor of the Gatling gun, has In vented a power disc gang plow driven by a gasoline engine which, at an ex pense of ?2 a day. will d<> the work of thirty men and eighty horses. Since the introduction of disc plows plowing by gasoline power certainly seems feasible, and this invention may eas ily prove the most important one for fanners m many years. LONDON POST says America is pre paring to peaceably annex England. It la a shame that the truth was re vealed prematurely. IMPERIAL PRESS Imperial Mercantile Co. DEALERS IN GENERAL MERCHANDISE Groceries Canned Goods Dry Goods notions Building hardware Implements HAY AND GRAIN SEED GRAINS CALEXICO, CAL. Gko. A. CARTES G. E. HEBER J. E. HEBER Imperial May and Grain Co, HAY AND GRAIN SEED GRAINS IMPLEMENTS IMPERIAL, CALIFORNIA. WHite's Cash Store Opposite Printing Office Groceries, Dry Goods, Ladies' and Childrens' Shoes, Notions and General Merchandise at reasonable prices General F^reigHtlrig for the Pvttollc Special attention paid to freight for settlers. Leave orders at store Imperial, California. ■ Geo. A. Carter 6b Co. Lumber and all Kinds of Building Material Contracting, Freighting, etc. IMPERIAL, : : : : : : : CALIFONNIA. BLUE LAKE STORE, bluelake, California Groceries, Provisions, Hay and Grain SUPPLIES FOR PEOPLE AND TEAMS COMING TO THE VALLEY AND KUK VISITORS TO THE LAKE A SPECIALTY Just Received a carload of Amber Sorghum Seed, and offer same delivered at Flow- hlgweli at $5.50 per hundred pounds. GtRMAIN SEED AND PLANT CO. Los Angeles. Cal. Summer Crops Of sorghum. Egyptian corn, etc., will yield an abundance of cheap feed for your ranch operations for another year. We will fit up the land for you reasonably and thor- oughly, either on the water con- tour plan or otherwise. Edgar Brothers, Imperial. Cal. BLACKSMITH and WAGON WORK A. W. Patton, Imperial NOTICE Parties found cutting timber around Blue lake will be pros- ecuted. BLUE LAKE LAND A TOWN CO. # p^ P. BLAKE. M. D. GENERAL PRACTITIONER Imperial. Cal. EGYPTIAN CORN SEE! 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. J. H. Dietrick, Practical Watchmaker, Jeweler and Optician Careful attention given to repair of gasoline stoves, household utensils, guns, electrical apparatus and all small machinery. Agency American Gas Lighting Co. Imperial avenue. Imperial. Cal. GOOD PASTURE I have good barley and millet stub- ble pasture near Calexico, aixl will take stock to pasture at 52 per head per month. THOS. BEACH. Live Stock for Sale ANY QUANTITY OF GOOD FAT LIVE STOCK FOR i RANK BARLAIit, Calexico.