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The Imperial Press.
VOL. V. Published at the center of the greatest irrigated territory In America, In the heart of the Colorado desert, San Diego county. Southern California, 67 feet below the level of the sea. Under present canals, 250,000 acres: under irrigation system when completed, 400,000 acres. Adjacent to irrigated land in Arizona and land to be irrigated by the National Government from the same grand Colorado river which will make a combined body of more than a million irrigated acres. OUR FRIENDS ARE ALERT Movement Against Colorado Grabbers Assuming Formidable Proportions Strong Sentiment Shown by Business Organizations— The Press and General Public AgainSt Move to Defeat Reclamation Work on Lower Colorado River In our issue of the Press of Sept. 16th we took up the matter of one, D. H. Moffatt, a multi-millionaire of Denver, who, through his control over the Colo rado courts is trying to prevent the car rying out of the plans of the Reclama tion fcervice for the control of the wat ers of the Colorado river. Some of our readers criticised us for publishing this, on the ground that we were setting up an impossible contingency, that the Re clamation Service could handle the mat ter all right, and defeat Moffatt and we were injuring the Valjey_by calling at tention to the subject. Regarding this proposition we would say, that within a few days of the publication of the mat ter in this paper the subject was men tioned and the statistics used in every Los Angeles paper and in the papers of San Diego, Riverside and San Bernar dino as well. Also those of Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The Los Angeles Herald and Express published editorials on the sub ject, strongly advocating prompt and decisive action to give the Reclamation Service the power to control the entire watersheds of the rivers of the^ arid land states, with power of eminent do main over all property needed for their projects. The Times published a lengthy arti cle, giving all the statistics enumerated in our article and a good maiiv of its facts and urging action on the part of the Los Angeles people in regard to the matter. The San Diego papers trave the matter considerable space and protested against such a flagrant violation of the public welfare in favor of a rich and unscrupu lous millionaire. The Phoenix Republican, after giving the facts and statistics, adverted to the movement in the Southwest against this action of the Colorado Court and in a review of our article of September 16th, quoted liheially from what we had to say and characterized the entire matter that we published as being a singularly truthful comment on Colora do political conditions. They also strongly supported the move tor organ ized opposition and protest from the people of Cali for n in and Arizona-. The Tucson papers published the sta tistical matter concerning tlii 4 ! detriment such course would lie to the develop ment of the country along the lower Colorado ami jr«*ve t lie movement to overthrow Moffatt, thyir hearty support. That the matter is considered of great importance to the well are of Los An geles by the business men of that city is shown by the following, from the Los Angeles Herald of last Fri.lay, Sept. 22nd : "The j os Angeles realty board at its semi-monthly ineeting and luncheon recently took formal art ion relative to the ultimate reclamation of possibly a* mil lion :icres of California land now classed as desert waste and* for United States control of hundreds of thousands of sim ilar acreage in other states. As a result of the interchange of views on a subject fraught with great interest not alone to Los Aiigelee, but to the state and nation, ami after the facts rel ative to a recent lawsuit in which the United States government was' defeated by a private railroad corporation were laid bare, the realty, board, by unani mous resolution, authorized the ap pointment of a committee to include the president of the board, for the pur pose of conferring with Senator' Flint and Congressman McLachlan and if ad visable arouse public opinion and secure legal aid in protecting the interests of COLORADO RAILROAD VICTORX. Brief telegraphic dispatches told re cently of the victory achieved by the Denver & Northwestern railroad, known in Colorado as the Moffatt road, over the United States ma suit involving the right of way through the Gore cannon in northwestern Colorado. A similar right of way in Brown's park is also in volved. The United States reclamation ser vice had located reservoir sites at \ these points. The railroad and the reservoirs could not both utilize them. The United States claim is that enor mous public benefits. are dependent up on the reservoirs; that without them perhaps a million acres can 'never be reclaimed from the desert, which, under irrigation that is entirely feasible by means of these reservoirs, can be made to equal the fondest dreams of the found ers of the Imperial country, and that the Moffatt road can just as well change its route and get through the mountains without monopolizing these particular canyons. lii fact, it is understood that the United States surveyed au^tlier^ equally practicable route and brought it to the attention of the railroad officials, who it is intimated had reasons other than those alleged by them for desiring the monopoly. INVESTIGATION INSTITUTED The importance of the reservoirs to California and Arizona, and even to Colorado, seems to have been ignored by those most concerned. When the subject was brought to the attention of some of the officers of the realty board it was decided to make a thorough in vestigation" of the subject, and as a be ginning the board invited J. B. Lippin cott, engineer at the head of the United States reclamation service in this dis trict, and J. Donald Campbell, an irri gation expert engineer, who, until the la^t four 3'tars, was a resident of Colo rado, to attend the board meeting yesterday and aid in elucidating the problem. Mr. Lippincott, whose name has be come very familiar lately in connection with the owen 4s4 s river water proposition explained that as a United States of ficial his utterances must be somewhat restricted. He confined the statement ahead}' made as to the contention of the United States in the suit above mentioned, however and explained that reservoirs below the Grand canyon of the Colorado are not feasible anil that consequently while 400,000 acres are irrigable perhaps without the reser voirs in question aw much as 1,000,000 acres could be irritated in dry years by such regulation of the supply, while in wet years the amount conserved above the average would be applicable for increased future use and as a pro vision for emergencies. COLORADO OPPOSITION ASSURED Mr. Campbell considered Mr. Lippin cott's estimates very conservative and declared as a former citizen of Colorado his belief that the people of Colorado, when impartially informed as to the facts in the case, would oppose the ef forts of the Moffatt interests to deprive the government of the opportunities for reclamation offered by the proposed reservoirs. Without taking into account the im mense acreage in other states affected, it was stated, the ultimate triumph of the railroad Would mean the loss of. half a million acres of land tributary to* Los A ngeles alone, an amount of acreage equivalent to double that now under ••Water is King— Here is its Kingdom." IMPERIAL, CAL., SATURDAY, feEPTEMBER 30, 1905. irrigation iii Southern California. Mr. Campbell said that he. agreed with the.remarks of several members of the board, who expressed the belief that no subject of more public importance than this could demand the attention of the realty board. From his personal knowledge of conditions in northwestern Colorado he confirmed the statements already made. } It is almost certain that an appeal will be taken from the decision of the court in Colorado, under which the Moffatt road assumes, to have acquired sole control \of the sites in question , and it will be the purpose of the com mittee of the realty board to arouse other public bodies and the people of Southern California at large to -the im portance of representation of their in terests in the case, providing thiit fur ther investigation justifies such action." The Los Angeles Chamber of Com merce, which is one of the most power ful organizations of its kind in the United States, is also taking up the matter and no doubt at their next meet ing will throw their great influence jiLto ; tlieifi^;^fQr^^->ieyel6pjrieiU^ the lower Colorado." Senator Flint'and Congressman McLachlan have been interested and will take up, the matter in Congress and do valiant service for the people against the graft and. craft of Millionaire Moffatt. And Governor Pardee has asked the Reclamation Service tor a detailed report on the situation, giving all the facts. It is understood to be his purpose, on receipt of thi 8 information, if the im portance and seriousness of the matter seems to warrant it, to ask the gov ernors of Nevada and Arizona to join with him in calling a convention to meet at Los Angeles some time before Congress convenes and organize to ask such legislation as will defeat this sciienie of Moffatts. From -this it can be seen that our powerful friends are aroused and the crafty, grafty Moffatt will be met and overcome. But our people are interested in this movement and it is right the Valley papers should discuss it and keep our people posted on such matters from the standpoint of the pioneer home builder, battling with the desert, in the integrit "" >vKose. heart and strength of wlip all the hopes of the future an. r :n<_'.l. IMPERIAL PEOPLE INJURED Los Angeles Automobile Disaster In jures Prominent Valley People The Los Angeles papers of Tuesday last all contain accounts of the deadly work of the automobile and the mfracii .lous escape of some and serious injury of others in a .mix upon the streets of that city in which Imperial Valley peo ple played leading parts. Mr. E. K. Green, who was driving the automobile at the time of the disaster, is the owner of a fine farm near Keystone, four miles north of Imperial, and his son, Floyd E. Green and wife, have lived- there for a year or more past. The son, and wife had been spending the summer in Los Angeles. This disaster- is only what might be expected, as when people get to running automobiles they get speed crazy and their only ambition is to make the telephone poles look like a picket fence. . ' : x .-- ~ "Five victimsof automobile speed man ia, two screaming worm n, a year-old ba by and two men were hurled to the side walkout of E. K. Green r 8 touring car on East Firet street yesterday. Sam King, a sixth victim, and the most un fortunate of all, lies at the point of death in the Emergency Hospital. E. K. Green, a wealthy engineer of 1504 West Eighth street, according to witnesses, was racing down East First street. At a curve in the street he steered across to the wrong side of the roadway. The machine struck King, an oiler for the Los Angeles railway, and tossed him twenty feet. King fell on his head, unconscious. Meantime Green had swerved his au tomobile to avoid running over King and the machine crashed into a tele phone pole. Two screams rang out from Green's wife and daughter-in law as they were thrown to the sidewalk. The baby feil on its head. Its escape was miraculous, as it was only slightly scratched. All the others were bruised and violently shaken up. Witnesses say that, Mr. Green was racing his machine with one driven by G. E. Platt, vice-president of the Belle- Vernon Farms Company. Both were going west and turned the curve on the wrong side of the road. In the automobile with Mr. Green were Mrs. E. X,* G.reen^JEloyd Green, Mr. Green's son, Mrs. Floyd Green and the infant girl. STRUCK WHILE AT HIS WORK. Mrs. E. K. Green was severely shaken and her right arm badly wrenched. Floyd Green's hand was sprained, but his wife was only slightly bruised. Sam King, who lives at 3218 East First, was standing at the corner of East First street, where the old power house was located. The street turns there and King was at the bend. As he stepped into the road to oil the car tracks the auto cut sharp across the corner. The lamp of the auto struck King, doubling him up. Mr. Green then swerved the machine, and in do ing so struck a telephone pole. The front part of the car was ' smashed and all the occupants thrown out. '■, Nearly , alJLjth ej^ witnesses agree Jthat Mr. Green wasracing with Mr. P|att. . Mrs. Ida Gardner, who lives at First and Breed streets, said: rt l saw both automobiles speeding down First street. The red one, owned by Mr. Platt, was in front, going at a rapid rate. The one behind was trying to keep up and. l don't think the man in front knew that the other one was racing him. I said to m}' husband that some one would get hurt by one of those autos when they struck that bend in the road. I wasn't abitsurprised when I heard of the smashup." Mr. Green denied that he was speed ing. But he admitted that he turned the curve on the wrong side of the road. * "It makes me furious to hear these people talking like that about the rate I was going at," lie said. "I was not driving too fast. I was just coming along at an ordinary rate, driving very carefully, as I always do." Mr. Green and his family were coming in from Santa Ana. Floyd Green and his wife live in the Imperial Valley and were coming in to spend a few weeks with their parents. Mr. Green formerly was known as the only. windmill man in Los Angeles. He has made a fortune out of windmills. He first introduced them into Southern California. His plant was at the corner of Buena Vista and Ord streets. He sold out a few years ago and became a consulting hydraulic engineer, residing at 1504 West Eighth. The ambulance carried Sam King to the Emergency ' Hospital at once. He was found to have sustained a fractured skull; a dislocated shoulder and bruises all over his body. His condition is pre carious. say thedoctors. Heisexpected to die at any minute. The Green family went home in another auto and Mr. Green had the damaged machine taken to the garage. Repairs »to it will cost about $200. V ' Sam King lives at 3218 East First. He has a wife, but no children. Detect ive Shearon has begun an investigation of the accident. ,It is expected that the Los Angeles Railway Company will take steps to prosecute Mr. Green in case it is found he violated the ordin ances. Mr. Green, however^ declares the man will not suffer without recom pense." WHAT YOU WANT and WHERE TO GET IT. Watch changes in 'our advertisements. PROFESSIONAL CARDS R. A . G. TOPR AH iSI aSTmS^DDS "Dentist and Oral Surgeon Crown and Bridgework a Specially Over Ist National Bank. Imperial, Cal. I . T. HALE, D. D. S. Graduate & Licentiate Dentist Here to stay. Parties from out.-ide points will have their car fare deducted from dental bill. Office in Garner Bb-ck Imperial - - - - California (~JEO. 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