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Imperial Press AND FARMER Published each Saturday at Imperial, San Diego County, Cal., by IMPERIAL PRESS PUBLISHING CO. EDGAR F. HOWE Manager. SUBSCRIPTION: One year .... $1.50 Six Months 75 Bntered at the Imperial, California, PoHtoflice ih M-coiHl-ckiHs mail matter. SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 1902. Possibly there is a trace of irony in the San Francisco Chron icle's remark, replying to a coun try paper's criticism, that it is difficult to live up to the ideals of the country paper. ml 1 * Thk Los Angeles microbe, which is getting in its awful work in every, state in the Union, attacked the manager of the Press this week, leading to his hasty departure for a brief visit to the metropolis of Southern California. This assurance given by Frank M. Murphy of the early construc tion of the Phoenix and 'Eastern railroad, from Phoenix to Benson, is promise of the partial construc tion of what is expected to become a transcontinental railroad aim ing in the direction of Imperial. A contributor to the Fall brook Observer comes to the res cue of Governor Gage by declar ing that "the people of this coun ty cannot spite Otis more keenly than to give Governor Gage their support." Friends of the Gover nor are very apt to agree with friends of General Otis that it might be possible to find a higher type of politics than that which is admittedly based on spite. A writer for the New York Evening Post says of Senator Hoar, with great respect, that he is a type of statesmen that has otherwise departed and that he stands for American ideals which have ceased to exist. There can be little doubt that commercial ism and greed for local appropri ations have become the dominant factors in politics, and the pri^e of beefsteak is more apt to be taken as a political issue than are the rights of man. Prof. Hilgard of the State University probably made a mis take when he informed enquirers that the copperas treatment for coloring oliveswas the least harm ful of all methods. But for years Prof. Hilgard has been an out spoken champion of pure food, and he has contributed so greatly to the achievements of California horticulture that the little indis cretion of even designating the least of evils when appealed to by many people ought to receive only passing notice. Tim question is frequently asked what causes the little whirlwinds which are a pictur esque feature of the desert on warm days. Scientists explain them by saying that the air forms in strata, with the greatest heat near the ground, though it is lighter than the cool air above. A bird rising from the ground, or some other moving object, may start the hot air rushing in to occupy the vacancy created, giv ing to the rising column of air and dust a spiral motion. The Buffalo Express says: An eggshell farm is a part of one of the primary school departments of study in this city. Each child takes an eggshell about two thirds whole. The child's name is written on the shell ami after a lesson on soils sufficient earth is placed in the shell to fill it. Each one in the room is given the same kind of seed to plant. After the plant becomes too large for the shell the child is encouraged to take it home and plant in a large garden. The teachers aim to teach the complete life history of the plant from seed to seed. There is no gratification in the announcement that our good friend Mellick of the Pasadena News expects to be able this year to escape the Office whi^h rfas been persistently chasing him during recent years. When the Office first got on Mellick's trail it made an assemblyman of him, and then it kept him in the assem bly — kept him there despite his honesty and -fearlessness, traits of character which made him at times the most talked-of man in California. " If Mellick gets' out of the reach of the Office, the State's loss will be the ward-heel ers' gain. "That slice of the desert on which Imperial is located is grow ing so fast that one on the ground cannot keep pace with it. How much less one a hundred miles away. When that new railroad is built and the health-giving heat of summer pales into the soft balmy nights of what is winter elsewhere, we are coming down to visit you," says the Red lands Citrograph. Ah, Scipio, is not that poesy? How has the mighty fallen when, like our long departed friend, Samivel Weller, even Scipio Craig drops into poe try. But we'll be glad to see you, Scipio. When the heat of sum mer pales into the soft balmy nights of what is winter else where, when the jingaree is' sit ting 1 on the umbaree of .largo, and the tintinnabulation of the hine scopic parley sails athwart the undulating jarner, we'll be there. A gkrat deal is being "said these days about the merits of scientific farming. Science is all right, and farming is all right, and when they are properly IMPERIAL PRESS united they work for the better ment of the individual farmer and of the world at large. But to give the best results science and farming must be brought to gether. The individual farmer must be a pretty good scientist if he is to get the best reward for his labor. The idea that a pro fessor can sit in his chemical lab oratory and give infallible ad vice to farmers all over the coun try is absurd, for he is lacking in knowledge of the local conditions, some of which may wholly nul lify all of his learned abstrac tions evolved from inadequate data. One farmer who studies the principles of science may leaven a whole community, but a group of scientists at a Univer sity cannot leaven the entire State. THE FARMER'S FUTURE The evolution is still progress ing on the farm through the con tinuous improvement of labor saving machinery. It is no longer necessary for the farmer to work sixteen hours in the field and do the chores while he is resting in the evening, and if he is fortun ate enough to live in a climate where it is not necessary to be continually at war with the ele ments, there is no reason why the life of the modern farmer should be more filled with toil than is the life of men in any walk of life. In fact, the modern farmer who achieves the greatest success is the one whose hours of hard labor are cut short enough to en able him to improve his mind, and who has the disposition to do so. It is as true of farming as of any trade that "man advances in exact proportion as he mingles his thought with his labor." And possibly herein lies the solution of the troubls long complained of that boys will not remain on the farms. The boys will remain THE BUSINESS MAN IS KNOWN BY HIS STATIONERY Some Write Their Letters on Wrapping Paper THAT IS NOT BUSINESS-LIKE Others write on Dainty "Society Note Heads" THAT IS EVEN MUCH WORSE Any ..business man ought to have business stationery that tells of business, not only in what is printed, but in the very looks of it. THE PRESS IS PREPARED TO DO BUSINESS PRINTING FOR BUSINESS MEN if they are not slaves and if they are taught that there are oppor tunities on : the farm surpassing those in the towns. The farmer of the future is to be not only a farmer, but a business man and, to a considerable degree, ascient ist. Shipping Cantaloupes Arrangements have been made by the Southern Pacific to place California cantaloupes on the eastern markets in competition with the Rocky Ford mel ons says a- dispatch. Superintendent R. H. Ingram has .returned fromlndio, where he promisediitheCoachellaPro ducers' Association that a daily service of refrigerator cars, to run east similar to passenger trains on scheduled time, will be provided for transportation of melons grown in the Coahilla valley. It is expected that the shipments this year will amount, to 250 to 300 carloads It is claimed that in the Coachella val ley melons as sweet and as well fotmed as the Rocky Ford kind are grown, and this year there are betwen 700 and 800 acres of melons to harvest. The California growers have an ad vantage of from four to six weeks over the Colorado competitor, the melons here ripening that much earlier. Church Announcement Next Sunday, Juneß, Rev. J. C. Hay will preach at 11 a. in. on the subject: "What is the will of God concerning the union of all who believe in Christ — what do the scriptures leach on this subject?" At night a service of sacred song will be held, with a short address by the pastor. I I N. DYKE Attorney-at-Law Imperial, California 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.