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Entered As secoml-cl.i*« matter March 3d,
1906 at the |>f»sloUHeat Xl Cetttrn. California,
tinder Ihe Act of Congress of March .1, 1879.
For Public Administrator
I hereby announce myself a candidate for
the office of I'nbllc Administrator of San Dlep-o
Conntr. subject to the approval of the Repub-
lican Countr Convention. P. J. I, A YNK.
Por District Attorney
1 liiTcti.r announce myself a candidate for
the office of District Attorney of San Diego
County, subject to the approval of the Repub-
lican County Conrention.
From the Itrawley News.
. Shall Brawley, like Esau, sell
its birthright for a mess ot pot
tage, that Imperial should re
ceive a blessing? Why should
Brawley be sacrificed on the altar
of Imperial's interests?
Yet this is precisely what is
I^eing advocated by those few
•who would have Brawley join
Imperial in a high school district
— that the supremacy of the older
town may be retained.
The issue before the people is
not whether there shall be a high
school in the Imperial Valley.
It is not a question of the educa-
tion of the young-. It is purely
political and economical as a re
sult of the rivalry between Im
perial and El Centro.
Why should Brawley be drawn
into a fight between two capi
talists when it has no concern in
the matter? ,
A high school will be provided
in the valley — at El Centro if
not at Imperial, and as it is not
necessary for Brawley to yoke its
future with anyone, why should
it be done? What has Imperial
«ever done for Brawley that it
be thus.favored?, „
Hardly a line appears in the
Imperial paper by which the out
ride world may know of the
""Garden Spot of the Imperial
"Valley*' save in sarcasm, such as
calling Brawley a 'ipigweed
park" and "weedpatch."
The Imperialists talk only of
•one large central town in the
valley — Imperial — with a number
-of good uttle towns, but the
big town is always to be Imperial.
"On what meat does this our
Caesar feed, that he is waxed so
•great?" A glance at a map of
the Imperial Valley shows that
Brawley is the center of as much
territory as the southern city,
and had it not been for the mis
fortune of the continued flow of
the river, Imperial could show
Brawley nothing at the present
time in which it might excell.
As it is, the only tract of land at
Brawley not affected by the
rivers. No. 4, has more substan
tial improvements and is more
thickly, settled than any other
equal portion of the farming
community of the valley, and it
is two years younger than Im
perial. With the advantages
of No. 4 extended to Nos. 5 and
8, where will Imperial be in /two
years. 1 * Under these t;ircum
stances, is it wise -io 'enter a
\\\is\\ school district with Tut
The petitions have promised
that the district shall not be
bonded. But although private
subscription may furnish facili-
I ties the first year, with increas
ing needs what will be done the
second or third year. There is
nothing binding upon the high
school trustees thai they may
not bring the bond issue before j
the voters at any time. In that
case, Hrawlcy, had it entered,
might wish to withdraw. What
does the law say on this matter?
Sec 1670 of the political code
reads: ;"•*££
"aiit district contained in a union or joint
union liitfh schoel district may in like manner
withdraw from such union 'oif joint nnion dis
trict by action of the Doard of fapervlsori of
the county In which the district l«* located,
upon such term* as may be agreed upon be*
tween tlie trustees of the school district seek
ing to withdraw anil the hiirli school doard,
whenever a majority of the heads of families
constituting 1 the union or joint union hiirh
MChootdUtrict, and two thirds of the lieads of
families residing in the district seeking to
withdraw, according to the number of heads of
families shown by the List preceedinff school
census, shall present to such Hoard of Super
visors a petition consenting to such with
drawal, accompanied by a like petition signed
by a majority ot the composing the hlffh school,
The high school proposition,
as laid down by Imperial, must
be considered from a business
point of view and not with any
idea of sentiment. The difficul
ties in the way of withdrawing
are almost insurmountable The
Imperial petitioners may promise
but they may as well promise to
make the sun, moon and stars to
stand still as assert that Brawley
will be allowed to withdraw
when it so desires.
Was Imperial alone concerned
in the district — a majority might
in time be secured for Brawley,
but with Holtville and Eastside
also included, that plan would
be of doubtful success.
If Imperial wants a high
school there are plenty of dis
tricts nearer than Brawley to
make up the desired number of
300 census children. The chil
dren can be sent to whatever
high school may be located in
the valley and the*highest tuition
that can be charged is the differ
ence per pupil between the
amount provided by the state
and the cost of maintainance of
the district.
. Many of the signatures to the
petition for a union high school
with Imperial were secured be
fore it was generally known that
there was a another movement
for a hig-h school, and that in
order to provide proper facilities,
it would not be necessary to
unite with a district which has
totally ignored Brawley except
when some favor was wanted.
The whole thing has been
railroaded through by the pe
titions and the county superin
tendent of schools in order to
secure a vote before the people
should fully realize what lies be
fore them. The election is
June 5.
When Senator Flint went to
Commissioner Richards of the
General Land Office to protest on
behalf of the Imperial Valley
people against the ruling requir
ing them to have fully paid up
water stock before he would issue
patents on their lands, Mr.
Richards informed him that he
was aware of the situation in
this Valley. That he had before
him the report of the Geological
Survey of date October 7th, 1904,
and from it learned that under
the present irrigation system, on
which all these eotryraen must
rely for water, not more than
50,000 to 60,000 acres can be irri
gated while contracts have been
made to supply water to irrigate
more than 200,000 acres.
It's a shame the Honorable
Commissioner can't visit the Val
ley and sec what a riotous wealth
of water we have. He would be
speedily convinced that the Geo
logical Survey's report was out of
date. A few figures along that
line may prove intetesutig by
way of comparison: The present
flow of the Colorado river is
about 70,000 cubic feet per sec
ond, of which about one fifth, or
14,000 cubic fact per second is
going down the old channel of the
Colorado to the Gulf. The re
maining 56,000 feet per second is
coming down the New Channel,
Imperial river, Mexican intake,
or whatever you please, to the
Imperial Valley. Of course
some of this water may be fol
lowing the Quail river cut off,
and overflowing its way into
Volcano lake and out through
Hardy river into the Gulf. But
the great bulk of this water is
passing through this Valley into
Sal ton Sea.
We have a recounoissatiee map
of this entire country, from be
yond Indio to the head of the
Gulf of California.published from
data gathered by the government
up to January Ist, 1906. This
map shows Salton Sea to have
been 247 square miles in area at
that time and the water level was
253 feet below sea level. The
water level is now 229 feet below
sea level, the area of the lake is
not less that 400 square miles,
and the water rose two feet dur
ing the week from May 19 to
May 26. < It is easily possible to
estimate how many cubic feet of
water per second is being added
to Salton Sea. Four- hundred
square miles is approximately
250,000 acres. Two feet deep
would make 500,000 acre feet of
water during the week. As one
cubic foot per second will flow
about two acre feet in 24 hours,
it can be ceen that we have to
divide 250,000 cubic feet by 7,
the number of days in the week,
and our answer is 35,714 cubic
feet of water per second, now be
ing discharged into the Salton
Sea. This is enough water to
H ■- \ We are • $ < H
§5 into our new store in the Holt Block 1
|g Where we will have plenty of room, and will carry a much larger §|
HI and better stock at our usual low prices.
/(Fi Come and see us in our new quarters. You always save money g|
IMI C en t ro Department 1
S Store ".,.,' ■ H
|jTJ Roy L,. RuniHcy, Proprietor-
Hp* Hereafter out store will be closed all day Sunday I-gj
irrigate 300,000 acres of laud
every day. and give it a good
Imperial soaking, too. And we
would not be surprised if the
water rose three feet per week
for the next four weeks. It is
titnc some other department of
the government made a report
on our water supply so as to
brine the. Commissioner's inform
ation up to date. The water at
the present time extends from
our headgatcs to the Rocky
Mountains, and we wish the
Land Commissioner knew it.
Imperial is making a strenuous
endeavor to secure a vote in favor
of the high school movement
they are fathering. Quite a
number of their sponsors are in
the field trying to convince the
people of Holtville, Eastside,
Brawley and Sunset Springs
that they should bind themselves
up in a high school district at
the present time. And the* won
derful promises and pledges these
people are willing to make.
They are willing to pledge the
votes of generation yet unborn if
need be, to carry their point
which is to fool the people into
tying themselves up to Imperial.
No one, not even the makers of
these pledges themselves can
pretend that they have any
value. It is campaign talk, pure
and simple,' and the people to
whom it is made put the puoper
valuation on it. The makers of
these promises are out to get
votes for their scheme and their
talk should deceive no one. The
people to whom it is made will
give it no attention whatever,
but will decide for themselves,
whether or not they want to be
tied up to Imperial.
The motor for the ice plant ar
rived last Saturday and has been
duly installed and connected with
the electric current from the
power plant and put to work at
its lifelong job of running the
ice machine. The arrival of this
motor was delayed for almost a
month by reason of the destruc
tion of the railroad records in the
San Francisco fire. This made
it impossible to trace the car in
which it was shipped and in the
confusion which resulted the de
lay occurred. This delay howev
er was seized upon by some peo*
pie as an opportunity to apread
all kinds of evil reports against
the Hoi ton Power company and
the success of its enterprises. It
was boldly asserted in Imperial
that the entire enterprise was a
failure, the machinery would not
run and that the order for this
motor had been cancelled. It
was given out by these people
that an eminent engineer had
carefully examined the entire
plant and condemned it as being
absolutely worthless. The arriv
al of the motor and the operation
of the plant of course gives the
lie to all such silly stories, but
the fact remains that they were
told with great gusto and were
evidently much relished by those
who believed them. Nothing
but the spirit of envy would con
coct and disseminate such ridicu
lous stories.
The statement the Imperial
Standard makes iv its issue of
June Ist that W. F. Holt is op
posing the education of the young
in this Valley is too ridiculous a
lie to merit notice. Mr. Holt
has noj. said a word against the
proposed Imperial high school
except to express j the opinion
that Holtville for business rea
sons should keep out of it. Had
Mr. Holt felt any great interest
iv the matter he would have sent
in the petitions fot the high,
school that were first circulated
and signed .by the Holtville and
Eastside people. Had he been
concerned about it he could have
filed that petition a week before
he did and Imperial would have
been cut off entirely. To lie
about the man who had it in his
power for a whole week to knock
them out and refrained from do
ing it comes with poor grace but
then the Standard always was a
graceless sheet.
The Imperial Drug Co. sells it, whole
sale and retail.

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