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IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS
•■'-• - : • PUBLISHED SATURDAYS, EL CENTRO, CAL. f. G. HAVENS, Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION One Year - - '"<*-"'. . $1.00 ADVERTISING RATES Per Month 1 inch , $ 1.00 2to 18 inches (1 column) per inch .75 22)£ inches (^ page) 15.00 45 inches (j^ page) 25.00 90 inches (full jrage, 45.00 43T Watch the subscription date on your paper. The number of our paid circulation will be furnished on application Entered as second-class matter March 3d, 1906 at the postofficeat El Ceutro. California, under the Act of Congress of March 3^ 1879. ANNOUNCEMENTS For Public Administrator I hereby announce ni3'self a candidate for the office of Public Administrator of San Diego County, subject to the approval of the Repub- lican County Convention. P. J. LAYNE. For District Attorney I hereby announce myself a candidate for the office of District Attorney of San Diego County, subject to the approval oL the Repub- lican County Convention. LEWIS R. KIRBY. For District Attorney ; I hereby announce n^self a candidate for the office of District Attorney of San Diego County, subject to the approval of the Repub- lican County Convention. C. C. HAINES. i In last week's issue of the Im perial Standard both its editor and Mr. I. W. Gleason published very slanderous and untrue at tacks upon us. These matters will be met at the proper place and in the proper way and that way will be far more effective than to burden our readers with a newspaper fight in which they can have small interest. A newspaper is not a personal or gan, and the Imperial Valley Press is, above everything else, a newspaper. We have a work to do in the upbuilding of this great valley and in publishing the news concerning its wonder ful progress. To that work we turned our hand and neither the lies of Howe nor the abuse of Gleason shall turn us- from it. We have expressed our views on the water question and published our conclusions. Until the mat ter of getting the water under control is attended to there is not much use in discussing the mat ter further. At the proper time these things will receive such at tention as they require. Mean time, the general welfare of the valley and to report its splendid development in the present and wonderful prospects for the future shall be our aim. The officials of the Reclama tion Service who were here in the valley on June 6th and 7th ex amining the conditions on New river as part of a general inves tigation of the situation on the lower Colorado, have made their report to Secretary Hitchcock of the Interior Department and their recommendations are now beino considered by President Roose velt. They recommend that Mexico grant a right-of-way through her territory to the United States, and that tne United States take over the Im perial irrigation enterprise and convert it into Reclamation pro ject under the National.lrriga tion Act., They point out that the diversion of the river was made by express authority of Mexico and that Mexico is re sponsible for the threatened de struction of the Laguna darn'and Yuma project which, the engi neers state will occur unless the runaway river is curbed. It is stated that the Southern Pacific company can secure a transfer of the Imperial canal system to the government whenever desired and may do so for a mighty low figure in order to save its own in terests. The report has not yet been" published in full, but enough has been given out to show that the Colorado is making rapid progress in its work of solving the problems presented in the use of its waters for irriga tion. It is stated that this rivei is now the most troublesome prob lem before the Interior depart ment and that the government will be forced to take steps to swing it back to its old channel or abandon the Yuma. project. We do not doubt' but that the 'Southern Pacific company can turn the river as soon as the pres ent floods recede and we fully be lieve they are able to put the riv er under control but if anyone else is going *to undertake the job we had rather it would be Uncle QSarn. In this way the whole job lot of problems will be settled at once. The river will* be controlled, the international features will be adjusted and a comprehensive plan for the full utilization of the irrigation re sources of the entire river worked out. Such a consummation has been looked forward to by all who have studied the development of the West. It is reassuring to the people of this Valley to know that Uncle Sam must see that the Colorado river is put under control. This puts Imperial Val ley very much in the limelight and will attract more attention and inspire more confidence than anything that could happen. No doubt the full jreport and recommendations will be publish ed in a few days, as well as the reply of Mexico to the proposition for a right of way. In*any event it is encouraging to know Uncle Sam needs the Colorado river re turned to its old channel and g-ot ten under control just as much as the people of Imperial Valley. When the Commissioner of the General Land office telegraphed to the Register of theU..S. Land Office at Los Angeles, instructing him to suspend all entries in the Imperial Valley it seems that he did not make his meaning clear. Elsewhere in this issue will be found a communication on the subject, which shows that the Register misunderstood his in structions. What was intended evidently was not a complete sus pension of land office business but simply that applications for entry of land should be received by the Register and suspended, pending the adjustment of the resurvey. And that all entries already of record should be proceeded with and annual and final proofs made under the conditions of suspen sion that have obtained in this Valley since September, 1904. This will be quite important news to many of our people, for the statement given out by the Reg ister that all land" business was suspended has caused many of them to neglect making the proofs when due. This however, will not work any hardship or lead to any forfeiture of their lands. The opening of the la*nds to entry will be an advantage to the Valley, as now land seekers can learn exactly what they can depend upon in the matter of getting title to their 'lauds. With the farmers prosperous and the melon growers making big mon ey investors will be attracted- to our Valley in large numbers again and the fact that th§y can again file on land even though the appjicatioj.be suspended will help the real estate market and add value to farm property all over the Valley. WATER AT CALEXICO Cuts Back Some But Town is Now Believed to Be Safe. The progress of the cutting back of New river channel has been watched with much interest by us, and every one has been apprehensive of the fate of Calexico and Mexicali when the channel should reach v those places. So, when we learned the work of channel making had reached there, we went down to see how it looked. Our first trip was on Tuesday last, and at that time the water was practically all drained away from the levee at Calex ico, but the railroad yards were still filled 'with water and mud and were im passable. We climed up on the tower, which is about 45 feet high, and from that lookout could see a wonderful sight. The old bridge across what used to be New river, was then show ing above tne waters, which were moving with great rapidity. About half a mile beyond the old bridge, and in a direct line from where we stood on the watchtower, we could see the overpour of the river. At this place the entire volume of the water gather ed into a channel about 200 yards wide and tumbled over a drop of at least 15 feet, boiling and seething in a wonderful way. The levee at the south side of Mexi cali was then beginning to crumble under the mighty rush of the water and a brisk fight was being made to stop its cutting away. On Thursday we went down again, and what a transformation we beheld! The overpour had advanced up stream at least half a mile during the two days, and was then in great evidence just about the middle of the western section of the old bridge. The water had fallen perhaps ten feet, but this had been accomplished by digging out the bottom and not by any decrease in tie amount of water. This advance of the overpour had been accompanied by a widening of the channel which below it had cut out to almost a quart er of a mile in width The lowering of the. bottom and consequent acceler ation of the current had played havoc § Special Sale or 1 0 Dress Goods n 1. . One Week. . p 1 El Centro Department | | Store # I ||j RoyL. Ruitisey, Proprietor x HI with the southern part of Mexicala the water having carried away the rail road depot, the levee for more than a quarter of a mile, and quite a number of adobe houses. A good many more had been and were being dismantled. And all the frame houses in. the threat ened part of town had been >moved. The water had cut a course for it self which brought the water surface below the land surface in about this way. Beginning at a point one half mile above the overpour at the Cal exico bridge the water gradually fell below the land level, till- at the over pour it 'was probably ten feet. So it will be seen that the water has a fall of ten feet in one half mile, and then tumbles over a fall of perhaps 15 feet more. The wa*er above the overpour rapidly widens so that it is a half mile The old channel of the river bears away from Calexico to the south and this presented an easy method of di verting the water and stopping any further damage. This could be done by blasting in this old channel thus widening and deepening it and causing the volume of the water to pass that way thus reducing the flow through the new channel that was cutting out ■ in Mexicali and stopping any further damage at that point. This work was undertaken while we were there and we must say the earth trembled from the shocks. They would turn loose about 300 pounds of dynamite at each shot, and the water and dirt would fly at least 500 feet high. Such heroic treatment soon began to tell, for we saw Superin tendent Platt and Road Master Tang ney on Friday morning and they said the overpour at the old bridge at Cal exico had not cut back any since yes terday, that the water In the channel that was cutting in Mexicali had fallen 18 inches since last night and was running with much less current and that the work of blasting in the old channel was producing the desired re sults as. most of the water was going around that way and it was cutting out very fast. They also said the blasting would be continued till this channel carried all the water and Calexico and Mexicali were out of all danger. •With tne success of this work the river channel will be at least a quarter of a mile from Calexico and Mexicali and both towns will be entirely safe. But the way things looked before the blasting was begun the outlook was dubious. West from Calexico across the river in Number Six the lands all appear to be drained off but below the line in Mexico Is still a large area of overflowed land. We were informed by Mr. Russell, the California De velopment Company engineer that a large channel runs around by Signal Mountain and through Number Six, carrying as much if not more water than is passing Calexico. We also heard that this channel is now cutting back away up in Mexico, and racing the Calexico channel as to which shall* be first to tap New River opposite the mouth of Garza slough and thus have the honor of being the real channel of the Colorado river. F>om the top of that tower at Mexicali you can see a great deal of water but you can't tell what is going on at the bottom of it all. PROFESSIONAL CARDS OPTICIANS. We Correct all Errors of Refraction. - Also Prescription Druggists. Imperial, (jEO. H. P. SHAW, ATTORNEY AT v-*v -* Law, Imperial, California. Office upstairs in Imperial Land Com- pany's building. _g_____ „_____ • ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Office on Ea3t Eighth Street Entitled to practice in all the Courts of the State, Department of the Interior at Washington, D. C, and all the bureaus thereof. RANKLIN J. COLE Attorney-at-Law Admitted to practice in all courts Corporation work a Specialty HOLTVILLE, - - CALIFORNIA List Your Lands With IRA ATEN. LAND CO El Centro, California. Successors to Fuller & Aten, Imperial Valley Lands for sale. Im- proved farms and unimproved tracts. Best bargains in the Valley. Lands In all parts of the Valley and town property In all the towns. Lands shown free.