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TO IMPERIAL Strong Plea lor a Clean Town by Rev. D. M. Gandier Dear Mr. Editor: It Is frequently said that prohibition tends to produce ••blind-pigs." whereas •high license prevents their existence. The argument Is that when a man pays a heavy license tax he will see that no one else Infringes upon his rights with out a license, whereas under prohibition the temptation to sell without a licence Is great and no one has any financial Interest In preventing "blind-pigs" from running. This theory has commended Mself to many good temperance people. But it has one radical weakness, and that Is that the facts are against It. Ex perience has shown conclusively that high license does not keep ••blind-pigs'' out, but on the contrary, seems to nourish them. The reasons for this are. many, Three may be mentioned. First, by licensing the traffic govern ment recognizes its right to exist. At the same time the right to sell Is de nied to all except a prlveleged few. The result Is, a spirit of resentment Is stirred up in those who are denied the : right, and they proceed to sell without legal permission. On the other hand rvprnplete prohibition stamps the traffic fs a crime and treats everybody alike. For this reason It is more easily en forced than any license law. Second, there is hardly a saloon in the country which does not violate the license law every day In the week. No one knows this better than the sa X XXXXmXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XX*X XXXXXXXXX X /' I J^JQie Va&ey Mercantile Co. § j| El Centro, California H x ' ■ — x * • M x- . I *'.■ - ' t X ' X f ■ ANNOUNCEMENT 1 3 : ■ I fM q The Valley Mercantile Co., of El Centro } 5 • California, beg. to announce to the people ■£& ' * • of the Valley that they are opening a 3fc brand new Stock of General Merchandise and will be pleased to have you all come . * and examine the same. %$ ( flOur goods are all new and fresh, [we * bought them to the very best advantage || and will give you the benefit of outbargain* . Come in and see us. % mj The Valley Mercantile Co. f I KHi ! - • ■ . I hi . Main Street, jEI Centro, California -„ . fflWJLniii iiiiiniiiiiiiiim ' j loon-keepers themselves and their friends who run the ••blind-pigs." Hence the saloon-keepers do not dare to "squeal" about the "blind-pigs" lest they get "pinched" themselves. How many liquor men have ever been en listed In the effort to get rid of Illicit dives in any community? Third, the brewers and wholesale li quor men own or control eighty per cent of the saloons In this country. These men sell to the "blind-pigs," as well as through their own saloons. They make a good profit on the sales to the Illicit places and these sales have hardly any appreciable affect up on the sales of their licensed saloons. Hence they have no desire to Interfere with the "bllnd-plgs." If anyone doubts the accuracy of these, statements he has but to exam ine carefully any license city. Look at Los Angeles. A short time ago the chief of police there reported to the police commissioners the names and locations ot 144 "blind-pigs." Doubt less there were enough more not known to him to make the number of "blind pigs" greater than the number of sa loons. 200 licensed saloons, and 200 or more "blind-pigs!" Think of that and then think of what a howl would go up if 200 "blind-pigs" were found in a "dry" city of that size Spring field, 111., illustrates the same truth. In that city of 36.000 careful inquiry showed that there were 148 licensed saloons and 100 "blind-pigs" which had taken out Federal tax receipts. Add to these the ones which took out no kind of license and It Is probable that there were more dives than licensed saloons in the place. Think again of the fact that during the eight years from 1893 to 1901, only 52,000 barrels of beer were con sumed in prohibition Kansas, while 500.000 barrels were consumed in li cense Nebraska, although Kansas had 400,000 more people. In other words under license the consumption of beer Is 29 times as great as under prohibi tion. Evidently, -bllnd-plgs" do not sell nearly asjnuch of the stuff as the licensed saloons do. This Is why whis key sellers of every kind are willing to spend thousands of dollars to prevent the carrying of prohibitory laws. They know right well that In spite of "blind pigs," prohibition does prohibit to a very great extent. Let no temperance worker be deceived by the old He, -prohibition don't prohibit." It does prohibit to a great extent and with a little careful work 1 we can and will make It prohibit still more. Yours for a clean country. D. M. Gandier. Across the river from Brawley in No. 5, 100 acres line, soft, sandy land, nil in crop, 2 1-2 niijes from railroad. Don't answer unless you are a cash buyer. Bert R. Chaplin, Imperial, Cal. W%& Doctors Arc Puzzled The remarkable recovery of Ken neth Mclver, of Vanceboro, Me., is the subject of much interest to the medl ical fraternity and a wide circle of friends. He says of his case; "Owing to severe inflammation of the Throat and congestion of the Lungs, three doctors gave me up to die, when, as a last resort. I was Induced to try Dr King's New Discovery and I am hap py to say. it saved my life.'' Cures the worst Coughs and Colds, Bron chitis, Tonsilitls, Weak Lungs, Hoarse ness and La Grippe. Guaranteed at Air Druggists, at 50c and $1.00. Trial bottle free. * When the gtnte" Fixed tiotel Prices. Before, during and for a time after the Revolutionary wnr the courts of the commonwealth used to fix the prices of tavern board nnd liquor, so when the sojourning stronger from afar struck Richmond lie could pretty nearly know what "horse feed and breakfast" cosf. There wns also nn assize of bread as well ns of drink. The price of bread wns regulated by the price of whent. A fourpenny white lonf, n twopenny white loaf, a four penny brick lonf and a fourpenny brown lonf hnd each to weigh so much, according as they had other Ingredi ents mixed with flour. In those days a "Hoston biscuit" costing 1 cent lind to weigh six ounces nnd two drams nnd so on. The connection between a lonf of bread and sixty pounds of wheat at so much per bushel has grown beyond the grasp of tko modern mind. However, in the old time In Virginia the custom of regulntlng the price, or, rather, the weight, of a loaf of bread by the price of the whent of which It was made was universal. So far as liquor wns concerned, the courts used to fix not; only the price of a sin gle drink, a quart or a gallon of the stuff, but also "a gorum of punch."— Richmond Dispatch. When Friends Arc IQnemles. "One of our greatest troubles is to prevent patients from being killed by kindness," said n trained nurse in one of the public hospitals."* "On visiting days, vrhen relations or friends are ad mitted, we Lave in many cases to exer cise extreme vigilance. The amount of improper, even dangerous, food which one ablebodied relative can smuggle In under cover of a satchel or a volumi nous cloak is almost Incredible. "Only a few weeks ago I captured and carried away from the bed of a convalescent typhoid case a pasteboard box containing two big green pickles' and a piece of exceptionally rich cocoa nut cake. It was the boy's mother who brought the dainties, and presum ably she did not wish to shorten her son's days in the land. "This sort of thing is of frequent oc currence in a hospital. It Is strangely 'illustrative of how little the average man or woman understands the deli cate mechanism of the stomach | and stomachic disease."— New York Press. The Great Eastern. The Great Eastern was 680 feet long, 83 feet beam, 28 feet draft when load ed, 23,000 tonnage; paddle engines, 1,000 horsepower nominal; screw en gines, 1,700 horsepower nominal. She was commenced to be built at Millwall in the spring of 1854 and was launch ed after many difficulties on Jan. 30, 1858. The history of the Great Eastern was from the first financially an un fortunate one. She made several voy ages to the United States at a great loss to her owners, but in 1865 and 1860 she somewhat redeemed her character by ( successfully laying the Atlantic ca ble. Subsequently, owing to her vast size, she was instrumental in laying most of the important cables across the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, through the lied sea, etc. In 1888 she was sold at auction in Liverpool to be broken up, bringing the sum of $280,720.—L0n d0n Globe. The Human Body's Tireless Organs. Man has within him a stationary en gine called his heart, which, with its veins and arteries, constitutes a per fect system of hydraulics, compared with which man's best work is clumsy, intricate and wasteful. The lungs are a working bellows, the most perfect method of sanitary ventilation. The stomach is a working vat of marvelous perfection. The brain is a wondrous condenser, and the skin is a great working evaporator, with reserve auto matic appliances, ready for extra work in moments of need. All these are In action at all times, day and night, tire less, unceasing, self winding and re : pairing, for seventy years or more. Dramatic Deaths. What is a dramatic death? Of course the most, dramatic death ever recorded was that of Placut, who dropped dead while paying a bill. Then there was the death of Fablus, who was choked by a hair In some milk; that of Loulh VI., who met his doom because a pig ran under his horse and caused him to stumble; that of Saufelus; who was poisoned! by the albumen In a soft boil ed egg, and that of Zeuxis, who died from laughter at sight of a hag he bad painted. Iler Feet Too. "That new saleslady," said the blond at tho ribbon counter, "has false hair and teeth." "Yes," replied the brunette, who con descended to sell handkerchiefs occa sionally, "and It seems that's not the only thing. I beard, her complaining that sho hadn't had a chance to get off her feet all day."//! She Works at Hume. Hicks— l understand Mrs. Bias has learned how to /keep her husband at' home. Wicks— Nonsense! Ulan is out with "the boys*' nearly every night, j Hicks— You misunderstand inc. I mean the work she does at home keeps him. ' She's a dressmaker, you know.— Phlla- j delphla Ledger. '-> ; • ARNISH ROCK. A Lighthouse Which In Without » Llßlit'Of ll* Ovrn. The most extraordinary of all light bouses is to bo found on Arnlsh rock, Storuoway bay, a rock which Is sepa* rated from the island of Lewis by a channel over DOO feet wide. It is In the Hebrides, Scotland. On this rock a conical beacon is erected, and on Its summit a lantern is fixed, from which, bight after night, shines a light which is seen by the fishermen far and wide. Yet there is no burning lamp in the lantern, and no attendant ever goes to it, for the simple reason that there Is no lump to attend to, no wick to train and no oil well to replenish. The way In which this peculiar light house is Illuminated is this: "On the island of Lewis, 500 feet or so away, is a lighthouse, and from a window in the tower a stream of light is project ed on a mirror in the lantern on the summit of Arnishi rock. These rays nro reflected to an arrangement of prisms and by their action are con verged to a focus outside the lantern, from which they diverge In the neces sary direction." The consequence is thnt to nil Intents and purposes n lighthouse exists which lias neither lamp nor lighthouse keeper and yet which gives as serviceable a light, taking into account the require ments of the locality, as If an elaborate and costly lighthouse, with lamp's, serv ice room, bedroom, living room, store room, oil room, water tanks and all other accessories, were erected on the summit of the rock. THE ISLAND OF FIRE. Java's Wonderful Lake of Boiling Mad nnd Slime. The greatest natural wonder in Java, ■t not in the entire world, Is the justly celebrated Gheko Kamdka Gumko, or Home of the Hot Devils, known to the world as the Island of Fire. This geo logical singularity is really a lake of boiling mud situated at about the cen ter of the plains of Grobogana and is called an island because the great em erald sea of vegetation which surrounds it gives it that appearance. The island is about two miles in circumference and is situated at a distance of almost exactly fifty miles from Solo. Near the center of this geological freak immense columns of soft hot mud may be seen continually rising and falling like great timbers thrust through the boiling sub-, stratum by giant hands and then again quickly withdrawn. Besides the phe nomenon of boiling mud columns there are scores of gigantic bubbles of hot slime that fill up like huge balloons and keep up a series of constant explosions, the Intensity of the detonations vary ing with the size of the bubble. In times past, so the Javanese authorities 4ay. there was -a tall, spirelike column of baked mud on the west side of the lake which constantly belched a pure stream ofcold water, but this > 3 long been obliterated, and everythiL o is now a seething mass of bubbling mud and slime, a marvel to the visitors who come from great distances to see it. Bnrmn . Custom*. Two ceremonies in Burma mark when childhood stops and manhood or wom anhood begins. The boys Lave their thighs tattooed and the girls their ears bored. The boring of a girl's ears is commenced with a needle, and the puncture is gradually increased until the tip of the finger can be introduced. The enlarging process is the one. car? ried out in the Polynesian islands, where a native can carry a good sized knife hanging in the lobe of his ear. The ugliest mutilatiou is that of the Eskimo, who punches a hole in his cheek and puts a bone stud into it. The Burmese boy suffers great pain from the elaborate ornamentation of his legs, which are decorated in blue and red patterns. Organ Grinder* In England. By turning the handle of an organ the Italian in England obtains nearly eight times as much per week as he can earn in Italy, more than four times as much as the English farm laborer and nearly three times the pay of the policeman "who moves him on when requested. Thousands of skilled ar tisans who have served apprenticeship as carpenters, painters and joiners get only half the organ grinder's pay, for the Italian reckons it a very poor week Indeed if he makes less than $15, and he often gets $17.50 to $20 or more. The Anorler Fish. The angler fish angles for bis prey. From the upper part of his bead project two long tentacles, with fleshy extrem ities, which wave about In tho water and attract small fish, that, approach* ing and attempting to seize the sup posed bait, are themselves captured, by the angler. Without this device to at tract his prey lie would probably starve to death, as he Is heavy and of com paratively slow motion. Considerate. , X. (an Incorrigible borrower)— Lend me a flyer, old man. Y. (weakly lend ing him £4 10s.)--I'm keeping the other Bhllliug to pay for the postage of the tetters which I shall have to write you before I get my money back. X. (cool ly)— Keep p shillings, then. That will "live me more time.— London Tit-Bits.