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CONGRESSIONAL OUTBREAK The dictatorial steering committee in Congress was again forced to sub mit to the will of the majority last week and programmed the irrigation bill for discussion. Before the surren der of the dictators the San Francisco Chronicle gave them this broadside: It is said that a new rebellion is im pending in the House of Representa tives, and this time against the ty ranny of the Committee on Rules. It is on the question of considering the irrigation bill, and it is stated very strongly that this time the rebels are in the majority, besides being backed by the President, and that they will either compel the Committee on Rules to report a rule for considering the ir rigation bill or smash the committee's slate and take up the irrigation bill over their heads. It may be well if the matter takes the latter course. It is quite time that the little oligarchy which dictates, not merely legislation in Congress, but what legislation shall even be consid ered, was completely and finally squelched. When Reed earned his title as Czar he was sustained by pub lic opinion because his object was simply to prevent an obstinate minority from stopping the transac tion of public business. Obstructive measures were resorted to only to pre vent action by the majority on some party measure. To accomplish this Speaker Reed "counted a quorum" if one was present, which was contrary to the previous custom of the House. In this lie was sustained by the House, and then followed the increase of the power of the Committee on Rules, in tended to make it possible for the ma jority responsible for government to enact its political policy into law. These powers have been grossly abused by the Committee on Rules, which has assumed arbitrary control of the House in regard to the consid eration of non-political, ordinary bus iness. In this particular case the triumvirate which composes the major ity of the Committee on Rules proposes to forbid the House even to consider an irrigation bill which both parties are pledged to enact. They appear to be absolutely devoid of any pretense of political faith, and deserve to be driven from public life. The rebellion which shall put an end to this tyranny cannot come too soon or execute its purpose too completely. Let the Amer ican Republic continue to live. It is a disgrace to the House of Representa tives to have submitted so long. San Diego and Eastern Secretary Wood of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, in talking with a Los Angeles Herald writer, said: "San Diego feels thai she can say truthfully that direct transcontinental connection with the east is a certainty. A railroad man who doesn't talk rail roads, but who builds them, said a few days ago after seeing the full report of our chief engineer: 'There is nothing that can prevent San Diego's having the direct Yuma connection as soon as railroad capitalists know the situa tion.' They are learning it, and we feel that assurance has been rendered doubly sure of late. One of 'the most encouraging things is that the Spreck els interests are reaching into that ter ritory and putting in enormous invest ments. They are increasing their ir rigation facilities, and will soon have a most extensive impounding capacity in their four reservoirs. These invest ments are justifiable only by the strong assurance of improved railroad facilities, and that can mean only a transcontinental line. Our chief en gineer employed for the purpose of running the line is H. T. Richards, formerly with the Santa Fe. He is a man of wide experience, and ran the Santa Fe'a line from Guaymas to Nogales. He pronounced the route surveyed to Yuma from San Diego a splendid one, with the lowest grades, the fewest curves and the greatest di rectness of any line running into Cal ifornia. As soon as his detailed re port has had its inevitable effect among those whom we wish to inter est in the work, we expect steps to begin for the construction of the road. Real estate men are coming in and getting ready for the activity that has already begun. San Diego feels as though she has a right confidently to expect great and substantial growth within the next few years." More Date Trees According to the Phoenix Republi can, the Government is still at work on the task of introducing date trees to the desert section. That paper says: "Another car load of date palms was planted yesterday at the experiment station south of Tempe. These palms came a year ago from Egypt, but did not arrive in Arizona until October, being kept in the station greenhouse at Tucson through the winter. They are of large size — the largest weighing 600 pounds. They are thirty-five in number, comprising some six or seven of the choicest Egyptian varieties. "Professor Forbes reports the or chard in fine condition, seventeen of the suckers imported two years ago being in blossom. This is a record breaker for transplanted suckers, and there will be early information on the quality of fruit produced by these im ported trees. Thus far the date or chard experiment near Tempe seem to be proving successfully that the culture of date palms in Arizona will some day become an extensive and a profitable industry or that it may be come so if the tillers of the soil choose to engage in it. The palm is valuable first for the reason that it can be grown successfully in so few sections of the Unaed States and secondly be cause the soil required is that which is least valuable for other purposes. It is one of the lines of investigation carried on by the experimental station that is resulting satisfactorily and that could not well have been under taken by private enterprise." Planning For Melons Several farmers in the valley are planning to put in a large acreage of cantaloupes next spring, and to that end they declare they will begin the preparation of their ground in the fall. They have been carefully watching the operations of the melon growers at Indio this spring, and have made up their minds that the way to succeed with melons anywhere on the desert is to drill in rows of barley running north and south, about 100 feet apart, to protect the plants when young and sensitive from west winds. It is claimed, however, that the melons ought to be planted on the south slope of ridges running east and west, thus getting more direct rays of the sun. That the barley can afford good pro tection, it ought to be drilled early in the fall, thus getting a good growth before planting the melon seed. The men who give this advice have had experience growing melons on a large scale in the Salt River valley, Arizona. Imperial would have had a consider able acreage of melons this year had the railroad been built, and with as surance that it will be completed this fall, there seems to be ample assur ance of an outlet for the next crop to warrant heavy planting. Melon Harvest Begun The cantaloupe harvest was begun in the ludio section a few days since, and the luscious product of the desert is being rushed on express time to IMPERIAL PRESS Imperial Mercantile Co. DEALERS IN GENERAL MERCHANDISE Groceries Canned Goods Dry Goods notions Building Bardware Implements HAY AND GRAIN SEED GRAINS CALEXICO, CAL. GRO. A. CARTEK G. E. HEBER J. E. HEBER Imperial May and Grain Co. HAY AND GRAIN SEED GRAINS IMPLEMENTS IMPERIAL, — — — — CALIFORNIA. White's Cash Store Opposite printings Office Groceries, Dry Goods, Ladies' and Childrens' Shoes, Notions and General Merchandise at reasonable prices General FVeigHtitig for the Pwtolic Special attention paid to freight for settlers. Leave orders at store Imperial, California. Geo. A. Carter 6t Co. Lumber and all Kinds of Building Material Contracting, Freighting, etc. IMPERIAL, : : : : : : : : : CALIFORNIA. Chicago and other eastern cities. The growers have met with some discour agements this year on account of the climatic conditions, but it is believed that the gross returns from melons will be large. NOTlCE— Parties found cutting- timber around Blue lake will be pros- ecuted. BLUE LAKE LAND & TOWN CO. * for Sale at a Bargain 80 shares of water stock in Imperial Water Co. No. 1. One and one half miles from Imperial, on the main ca- nal. It is fine level land almost free from brush. C. G. HOFFMAN, P. O. Box 821, Fresno, Cal. Live Stock for Sale ANY QUANTITY OP GOOD FAT LIVE STOCK FOR SALE FRANK BARLAGE, Calexlco. Summer Crops Of sorghum, Egyptian corn, etc., will yield an abundance of cheap feed for yonr 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. a. wTpattoin, BlackstmitHing Heavy Tire Setting A Specialty IMPERIAL. Just Received a carload of Amber Sorghum Seed, and offer same delivered at Flow- ingwell at $5.50 per hundred pounds. GERMAIN SEED AND PLANT CO. Los Angeles, Cal. 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. J. 11. Dietrick, Practical Watchmaker, <^pjja|g> Jeweler and Optician ffij^fe* 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, and will take stock to pasture at $2 per head per month. THOS. BEACH. p P. BLAKE, M. D. GENERAL PRACTITIONER Imperial. Cal.