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Imperial Experimental Farm Work. It is already evident, says the San Diego Union, that the experiment sta tion established by the California De velopment Company at Calexico is do ing splendid work for the valley. D. Nicoll, who is in charge of the farm, has already demonstrated several points which are of great value to the valley, and is now working out other problems. The most important point thus far worked out is regarding sugar beets, of which there are two acres with two varieties of as beautiful a growth as one could ask. The tops now almost cover the ground, having a most vigor ous appearance, while the beets are now from two and a half to three inches in diameter. As the beet does not want to get too large, Mr. Nicoll has written to the Oxnards for advice regarding further irrigation. The beets were sown Feb. 13, considerably later than was necessary, and will thus not be a fair test of the length of the sea son here, but they are expected to demonstrate the adaptability of the soil to beet-growing. Of course it will not be until the beets are ripe and have been subjected to tests at the Ox nard factory that the percentage of sugar can be determined. But while yet green, the beets are very sweet and old beet-growers who have exam ined them speak highly in their praise. The sugar-cane cuttings recently re ceived from Hawaii have been planted, and they, too, will receive careful at tention to ascertain the adaptability of the country to the production of cane sugar. Tests in other parts of Califor nia have never been successful, for al though the cane grows vigorously, it does not develop sugar value. This may be due to one of two causes; lack of humidity or lack of sufficient time to mature. Sugar cane requires not so much extreme heat as duration of the warm season. In Hawaii, where it is never hot or cold, it requires twenty months to mature a crop. In Louisi ana, with six or seven months of warm weather, the crop is not usually fully matured, the tops of the stocks failing to ripen. In Imperial, we have the longest summer heat in the United States, exceeding that or other por tions of California by about twelve weeks, and Louisiana by about seven or eight weeks. It is not believed that great humidity is essential to me production of sugar, but if it should prove to be, this is not a sugar-cane country. Otherwise, there is reason to believe that cane will do splendidly here, maturing even better than in Louisiana, Upon the tests of sugar beets and sugar cane, a great deal depends, for though there are many cultures which are known to thrive here, there is probably no other culture which would develop the valley on a solid basis so rapidly as those producing sugar, giv ing employment to a great army of men on the farms and another army in the factories. Another culture which Mr. Nicoll is devoting considerable attention to, and one which is making a splendid show ing in the first stages of the test, is Egyptian cotton, famous and especially valuable for its long fiber. There are plats of two varieties of this cotton, each of an acre, and while the plants are now but from four to six inches in height, they are growing rapidly and vigorously, with every indication that they will prove a success. As this long-fiber cotton cannot be grown in the humid south, and as we cannot and do not desire to grow here the common and unprofitable cotton of the old south, there is a possibility of building up here an independent line of business which will warrant the establishment of cotton factories as well as the growth of the plant on a large scales Probably the most complete demon stration of great value of a new cul ture is in the growing of emmer, a cereal somewhat resembling rye, which has been grown quite extensively in Europe during, recent years, being a product of Hungary. While this cul ture is making a magnificent growth, probably even exceeding any barley, wheat or oat growth on an equal area in the valley, which is saying a great deal, the stalks and leaves are almost thread-like in their dainty structure, though they will grow to as great a height as barley, and will yield as many tons per acre with equal weight of seed, so dense is the mass of deli cate straws. It is said of this plant that it is the only straw which after being, threshed, is a valuable fodder. It is certainly a culture to which the farmers should give careful attention, for it appears to be perfectly adapted to this climate and soil. Of course these are only a few, but the most important, cultures on the farm. They are good illustrations of the value of the work being done for the valley, and illustrate the fact that the farmers ought to give careful at tention to the problems being worked out for their benefit. Gophers in Alfalfa. Perhaps the easiest and cheapest method of destroying gophers in al falfa is by the use of carbon bisul phide placed in the holes, as suggested by the Field and Farm. It can be bought at the drug store by the ounce. Open the hole, pour some of the stuff on a piece of tow, waste or old rags and drop into the hole, covering again and packing down. As the gas formed by evaporation will be heavier than the atmosphere it will permeate the tunnels instead* of escaping and will prove fatal to all animal life there. In handling this stuff it is well to remember that it is highly inflamma ble and there is great danger of ex plosion. — Yuma Sentinel. That is all right in countries where irrigation is not used, or in localities where water for irrigation is too lim ited for its free use, but in the Im perial Settlements the free use of wa ter will drown all the gophers — if any get in there — and poison will not be needed for that purpose. Alfalfa is King. We are informed by a farmer in this vicinity that alfalfa will sustain an average of at least three head of matured live stock to the acre the year round. A forty-acre tract of al falfa will feed a dairy herd of forty cows and their calves, and four head of horses the year round. It is the report of experts that 100 cows can be cared for in Fresno county with less cost than can thirty-five cows in the dairy districts of the Eastern States, the cows giving an equal quantity of milk and the profit from this product equaling or exceeding the Eastern product. As many as five crops of hay have been harvested in one year from an alfalfa patch in this vicinity. Now that the cream ery is an established fact, insuring a ready sale for all the milk that can be produced on the dairies hereabout, the acreage of alfalfa, as well as the herds of cows, will be greatly aug mented during the next few years. — Sanga Herald. Artistic Illustrated Pamphlet. "From Desert to Garden" is the title of a pamphlet issued by the Imperial Land Company, Los Angeles, and which with its handsome illus trations, gives an excellent idea of the transformation now being worked on trie desert, where the products of nearly every country in the world can be made to grow with the aid of water — which is now being boun teously supplied. One of the views is of the main channel of the Im perial canal system conveying the water from the Colorado River to the lands to be irrigated. — Los Angeles Mining Review. About as pretty a brochure as we have had the pleasure of resting our eyes upon comes from the Imperial Land Co. Its title is, "From Desert to Garden; from Worthlessness to Wealth." The booklet is illustrated with fine half-tone cuts, with a beauti ful lithographed cover, and in clear print tells of the resources of the fer tile Imperial country and of the means by which it is in truth being trans formed from desert to garden. The brochure reflects great credit upon L. M. Holt, the company's advertising manager. — Indio Submarine. Ice for Coachella and that part of the Colorado Desert is purchased in San Bernardino in small lots for 60 cents a hundred pounds, and the ex press company only charges $1.40 per hundred pounds for hauling it. Take the meltage into consideration and it will readily be seen that ice is not only ice out in that section, but it is also a pretty costly luxury. — Redlands Citrograph. At Imperial ice will be maumactured this season at a very low price per ton. IMPERIAL PRESS Date Palm Culture. Another carload of date palms was planted yesterday at the experiment station orchard south of Tempe. These palms came a year ago from Egypt, but did not arrive in Arizona until October, being kept in the station greenhouses at Tucson through the winter. They are of large size — the largest weighing as much as 600 pounds. They are thirty-five in num ber, comprising some six or seven of the choicest Egyptian varieties. Professor Forbes reports the orchard 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 qual ity of fruit produced by these imported trees. Thus far the date orchard experi ments near Tempe seem to be proving successfully that the culture of date palms in Arizona will some day be come an extensive and a profitable in dustry or that it may become 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 success fully in so few sections of the United States and secondly because the soil required is that which is least valuable for other purposes. It is one of the lines of investigation carried on by the experiment station that is resulting satisfactorily and that could not well have Ween undertaken by private en terprise.-jPhoenix (Ariz.) Republican. A mother's kr.es is ibe be?t alt^r, CIBST NATIONAL BANK TST- Largest National Bank in Southern California CAPITAL, SURPLUS AND PROFITS - - • $760,000.00 DEPOSITS ..... . $4,750,000.00 J. M. Elliott, ■ijy f I "T 1 c |"\ CT ATCC J. C. Drake, President UINIICLI J I A I L J 2 nd Vice-Pres. W. G. Kerckhoff, DEPOSITARY W.T. S.Hammond, Vice-President Cashier 1 FARMERS MERCHANTS ) INCORPORATED HM if OF I 1871 DM HIV LOS ANGELES Oldest and Largest Bank in Southern California CAPITAL OFFICERS r^' ■ ■ /»•" ISAIAB W. HELLMAN. President Cl ID P| I IC HERMAN W. HELLMAN, Vice President N »* ** ■ ■ I L_ W>^ J. A. GRAVES, 2nd Vice President .ANDIJMniX/IDFn CHARLES SEYLKR, Cashier ) .<£.- Wl« I-/ I V I I-/ G. L/ QUSTAV HEIMANN, Ass't Cashier ? PROFITS DIRECTORS A I OA O Ann A A w. h. perry j. f. 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Notice is hereby given that in ac- cordance with and pursuant to a res- olution adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Im- perial Water Company No. 4, held this day, a special meeting of the stock- holders of said company is hereby called to be held at the Directors' rooms of the Southern California Sav- ings Bank, No. 152 North Spring street, Los Angeles, California, (that being the principal place of business of said corporation and that being the building where its Board of Directors usually meet) on Thursday the 31st day of July, 1902, at the hour of 2 o'clock, p.m. The object and purpose of said meeting is, Ist. To consider and act upon the proposition and question of amending the articles of incorporation of said company by changing the boundaries of the lands described therein, and of leaving out lands now included and of including lands not now included in the boundaries of the lands as now described in said articles, and to con- sider, act upon and adopt such amend- ments to said articles as may seem proper; 2nd. To consider and act upon the proposition and question of increasing the capital stock of said corporation from $125,000 dividend into 12,500 shares of the par value of $10.00 each to the sum of $175,000.00 divided into 17,500 shares of the par value of $10.00 each, or an increase of 5000 shares of the par value of $10.00 each. Dated at Los Angeles, California, May 20th, 1902. C. L. BRIMHALL. (td) Assistant Secretary.