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From the Hardy Colorado.
J. A. Allison returns to San Diego and is interviewed by the Sun with the following result: "J. A. Allison is in town today. Mr. Allison's home is on the Hardy-Colo rado, the southern extension of the great Colorado desert. True, Mr. Al lison's family is in Los Angeles and most of his friends and acquaintances are in this city, but if it be true that 'home is where the heart is,' then Allison's home is on the desert, for he loves the desert as truly as ever a Scotchman his heather. "And there is small wonder that Mr. Allison loves the desert, so-called, for anyone can see that he looks younger than when he first went out there, eight years ago, and he has prospered in material as well as physical things. Allison, as nearly everybody knows, is in the cattle business, and from an ex perience of eight years he is prepared to stake his last dollar on the propo sition that the region south of the Mexican line, west of the Colorado and north of the Gulf of California, containing about 800,000 acres, is by all odds the finest cattle country in the southwestern part of the United States. The climate is fine and the health of the cattle and men is ex ceptional. Cattle from that region have been rigorously examined by the United States inspectors and no fever ticks have been found on them. The result is that cattle from that region are admitted into the United States without being quarantined, while the entire line from San Diego to Jacum ba is under quarantine all the time. "Of the region just described 500, 000 acres is owned by a company of Petaluma capitalists, under the name of the Mexican and .Colorado River Land Company; 100,000 acres is the property of the Imperial people, and the balance of 200,000 acres belongs to Senor Endrada, the Mexican con sul at Los Angeles, who was origi nally the owner of the entire tract, but who sold three-fourths of it to get money enough to pay for his share. Taken as a whole the region has not a very large value as a cash asset, principally for the reason of its be ing located in Mexico, although the lack of transportation facilities mili tates considerably against it. Al though no exact figures are obtain able, it is probable that the various owners would not get mad at an offer of $1 an acre, although they would probably not accept it, but some day, and Mr. Allison believes that day is not far distant, that same land will be worth a great deal more. "Because, as Mr. Allison said this morning, it is one of the greatest cat tle countries on earth, and cattJe, as everybody knows, are worth money and growing in value all the time. Right now there are upward of 3000 head in that region, all doing well, al though this is the most trying part of IMPERIAL PRESS the year for them. These cattle live entirely off the feed which gets its start during the annual overflow of the Colorado River. Mr. Allison says the region is amply capable of sup porting 20,000 head just as it is, and that with the coming of better trans portation facilities the total number of cattle will be brought up to that figure very speedily. With irrigation facilities, alfalfa, sorghum and the like, from 60,000 to 80,000 head could be taken care of in good shape. Now, these cattle are being shipped at pres ent to Los Angeles via Flowing Wells or driven to San Diego via Tia Juana. With the completion of the Imperial and Gulf branch of the Southern Pa cific, Calexico will be the principal shipping point for those bound for Los Angeles, and with the completion of the San Diego-Eastern railroad Blue Lake will be the Phoenix of the Southwest. That is, Blue Lake will be to the New River country what Phoenix is to the Salt River Valley, Arizona. When thou sands of cattle are driven annually into Blue Lake and shipped from there, it will give that town a start that will be hard to overcome. "Mr. Allison says what Is true of the country south of the line is also true of that portion of the New River desert north of the line. It is pre eminently a cattle country, and as soon as the irrigation system is rea sonably complete the production of the CLOUD SCBNE ON THE COLORADO DELTA. Imperial region will be largely cattle, for alfalfa, barley, sorgum and the like are ideal foods for cattle, and the pro ductiveness of the soil in these regards almost passes belief. "When Mr. Allison left the New River country four or five days ago the Colorado River at Yuma was, at twenty-three feet and still rising. will start for Tia Juana, where nis outfit was left, and will ride horse back across the country to his camp on the Hardy-Colorado River. He is very anxious to get across the New River before it gets too high, as he had a rather unpleasant and dangerous experience in swimming that stream a few seasons ago, which he does not care to repeat. "Speaking about the railroad, Mr. Allison says that he believes the com mittee will find it much more advan tageous to build this side of the line than in Mexico, even if it does cost a little more for grading. The grade south of the line from Tia Juana to Jacumba is undoubtedly lighter than on this side, but beyond that point, Mr. Allison believes it would be absolutely necessary to bring the road back across the line onto the present sur vey. The line through Mexico would be a good deal longer, and there would be absolutely no local traffic to be developed west of the desert" Some men are always so busy bragging about themselves that they never hear opportunity's knock. Supervisor Jasper Reports on Imperial The San Diego Union of May 31st publishes the following: "Supervisor J. A. Jasper and County Surveyor S. L. Ward returned yesterday from the Blue Lake region of the desert, where they have been locating two roads from Imperial, through the Blue Lake section on to connect with the roads on this side. These roads are now a necessity and will soon be built. It is also the in tention to put a bridge across New River. It is difficult and dangerous to ford the canal and therefore the bridge will be constructed. "When seen shortly after his arrival in the city, Supervisor Jasper pre sented the appearance of having made a rough desert trip. " ' No, it is not very hot yet,' he said. ' The thermometer stood at 100 degrees several days, but 100 degrees there is no more uncomfortable than 80 degrees in the city. We did not have to stop work at any time on ac count of the weathej; we worked right on as if sea breezes were blow ing. " ' Crops are looking fine. A person can stand on the main street of Im perial and count hay stacks until it makes his head swim — hay stacks, too, that are from 100 to 150 feet long and 40 feet wide. There is as fine barley and oats as I ever saw. Of wheat, there is not so much, but all grain is good. The garden truck is up and the people are preparing to plant sorghum and kaffir and field corn and millet. Early sown alfalfa also looks well. " ' All the canals and lakes are now full of water. The annual overflow is looked for in about ten days. The warm weather is melting the snow on the mountains along the Colorado River, and the high water is about due. The building of the canals will have no effect on the overflow. It will come in just as it has come in for many years past. The people along New River are preparing to take advantage of this surplus water and will have a good crop of summer grass for hay. At present, not half the water running down the canal is being used. It is a beautiful sight to stand on the 70-foot bridge over the canal and watch the water rolling down four and five feet deep. " ' I do not take much stock in the reports of the government experts who have pronounced against some of the land. I know one piece which they condemned that now contains twenty-six hay ricks which will bale two and a half tons to the acre. If half a ton is obtained nearer the coast it is considered a good yield. I have watched this one field in particular, because the owner was determined to put in a crop after the government experts had told him that he could not raise a stalk of barley on it. I admit that I at first thought he was throwing away his time and money. But the result has more than justified the effort. Twenty-six ricks of hay on this one field and a yield five times as heavy as is obtained near the coast does not speak so badly for the land as do the government experts. I saw another field that weighed out four tons to the acre. " ' Imperial is growing. A number of frame and brick buildings are be ing erected and other improvements are going on. A postoflice has been granted and a postmaster appointed. A school will be started this week with Mr. Deßurn as teacher. It is pretty late in the season, but school must be taught a month in order to get an appropriation. " ' Twelve miles of the new railroad being built by the Southern Pacific have been graded and the work is going right along. Trains will be in there by September 1. I understand that the force at work will be in creased very soon. The Imperial Country. In a recent review of San Diego County the Los Angeles Herald thus refers to our end of the county: "To the east of the mountains in the valley of the Colorado is an im mense area of fertile soil, which until quite recently has been lying dor- mant; but now water is being brought from the Colorado River and fully 500,000 acres of the richest and most productive land is being rapidly taken up by homeseekers. These broad acres will soon add their products of barley, sugar beets, sorghum, alfalfa, wheat and corn to the output of San Diego County. Many miles of main canals and laterals have already been built; construction is being pushed and, although the enterprise was only fairly commenced some two years since, water is being delivered to sev eral thousand acres. During the past season large crops of millet and sor ghum were raised, proving the fer tility of the land. While there are sections here and there containing more or less alkali, the soil of the valley is for the greater part of the very best, being the silt washed down by the Colorado River during countless ages, rich in plant food, which, with good management, can be depended upon for profitable returns. The towns of Imperial, Paringa and Cal exico have already sprung into exist ence; Imperial boasting a church and parsonage, national bank, general merchandise store, lumber yard, hotel and printing office." Baby feet have an affinity for mud, but there comes a time in the history of nearly every home when the parents would give all they possess for the sight of a tiny footprint in the front hall. 9